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Blacktop

Blacktop
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Release Date
January 1, 2003
Label
Grrr Records

Sounds like … every other Glenn Kaiser Band album, combining classic rock and blues and evoking the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, and Robert Cray.

At a Glance … though this is essentially "more of the same" from Glenn Kaiser and company, the quality with which Blacktop is written and performed is undeniable.

Most recognize Glenn Kaiser's name as the primary artistic force behind the classic Resurrection Band, and as the pastor and founder of Jesus People USA and the popular Cornerstone festivals. Joined by bassist Roy Montroy (the other primary songwriter from the Rez Band) and drummer Ed Bialach, the Glenn Kaiser Band is an impressive power trio that blends Glenn and Roy's love of the blues and classic rock.

Produced by Tom Cameron, Blacktop is a stylistic combination of two past Glenn Kaiser Band albums, namely Winter Sun (their first) and Carolina Moon (their second). Roy wrote most of the music and Glenn most of the lyrics, though they contribute in both regards throughout the album. Like previous albums, Blacktop was primarily recorded live in the studio. As simple as that sounds, it just isn't done as often as you would think these days thanks to modern technology. The disc also features some guest spots by Chris "Hambone" Cameron on B3 organ, as well as guitar greats Rick Derringer and Dave Beegle.

In short, Blacktop sounds a lot like previous Glenn Kaiser Band projects, recalling the blues of Stevie Ray Vaughn or Robert Cray, mixed with the classic rock of Bad Company, ZZ Top, and Jimi Hendrix. Beginning the album quietly and then exploding into heavy blues-rock, the title track is about humility and servitude in marriage and other relationships, as ordained by God's Word. Those ...

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