Volume 1, the debut album from Reverend Nathon swiftly grabbed my attention, and won my admiration with its kick-ass style of southern blues-rock. This twelve-track, all-original recording is loaded with infectious rhythms and doused with Seventies psyche-rock. It’s definitely a fun listen. Hailing from the Lone Star State, Reverend Nathon is comprised of Nathon Dees on guitar and lead vocals, Gary Delz on drums, and Aaron Dees on bass guitar.
Reverend Nathon makes an ominous grand entry with “Darker Shade of Blues” an electric Texas-style blues song with a driving rhythm and vagabond-outlaw lyrics. “Bi-Polar Blues” pulls me in tight with a deliciously greasy groove. It masterfully sets the listener up for the main-event which features the good Rev’s psychedelic venture on guitar. Nathon breaks out a magnificent dose of swampy slide on “Goin’ Fishin’”, a fitting anthem for beer-drinking sportsmen everywhere. Heady lyrics and a beautiful melody make “Autumn Breeze” another stand-out song. When I hear this one along with “Way it Could Have Been”, I’m immediately reminded of the ballads from one of my favorite bands Black Oak Arkansas. Bringing Volume 1 to a close is “Golden Key”. Its funky intoxicating rhythm and deeply-rooted lyrics make it a brilliant piece.
I like this album so much; I honestly can’t wait to hear Volume 2.
By Phillip Smith
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