Sons of Fathers (Beck & Cauthen) – Sons of Fathers

January 01, 1970

(Blanco River Music)


With all due respect to Cash, Perkins, Presley and others
born of the Sun sound in the mid ‘50s, Rock really began its country crossover
in earnest during the late ‘60s, spearheaded by Dylan and the Byrds, and then
ceded to the Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco, the Eagles and the faithful from
L.A., Austin and Nashville in the decades since. Today, the genre remains as vital
as ever, with scores of younger bands taking up the banner and applying their
own spin to a sound that draws directly from rural sensibilities. While some –
My Morning Jacket and Kings of Leon in particular — address those traditions
with an insurgent stance, others hold to a traditional tack that emphasizes
harmonies, hard-luck tales and a rootsy sound that’s both rugged and resolute.


Add Sons of Fathers to those legions, and their new
self-titled album as their proof of purpose. The duo formerly known as Beck
& Cauthen (they changed their name to banner the band as a whole) revisits
well-trod terrain, from roughshod blue collar romps like “Flatlands” and “Out
of Line,” to sweet harmony-drenched serenades along the lines of “Ruthless” and
“Adam and Eve.” Still, their ties to the timeless sound of their forebears is
best expressed in the songs that stay well within the well documented
parameters of those earlier icons – be it the Burritos-like “Wind Turbines” or
the mellow and melodious “The Country,” a lonesome narrative about displacement
and disappointment. Naysayers may claim it’s all been heard before, and indeed,
that’s hard to dispute. On the other hand however, it’s rare to hear heartland
homilies expressed with such poise and passion.


and Eve,” “The Country,” “Wind Turbines” LEE ZIMMERMAN

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