Like a lumbering freight train, The Rex Carroll Band got started slowly (they have been playing live shows since 2004) following the success of 80’s Christian metal legends, Whitecross, where Rex established himself as a guitar virtuoso of epic proportions (2 Dove Awards & 5 consecutive HM Readers Guitar Hero Awards). But, Rex grew up in the 70’s rock scene where he was profoundly influenced by blues and southern rock standouts like The Allman Brothers Band, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. It is with great joy that Retroactive Records releases That Was Then,This is Now as the debut disc from this Chicago power trio that fuses Rex’s fierce guitar skills with soulful, imaginative and heavy blues. “Foolsgold” is a scorching guitar instrumental showcasing Rex’s axeman-ship full scale (ala Eddie Van Halen or Yngwie Malmsteen) and it serves as the perfect intro to the riff-heavy “Working Man Blues”. While this album will appeal to fans of Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Stevie Ray Vaughn, the mind-blowing, bluesy guitar heroics from start to finish establish The Rex Carroll Band as the choice band for those looking for air guitar inspiration! Get your leather vest and fire up your Harley Davidson, because the blues tradition has just been elevated to a new level.
Brian Quincy Newcomb, ucc. org/news: "Rex Carroll has always been a serious guitarist, capable of shredding up a serious storm with amazing nuance and delicacy. But his playing exhibits not merely power, but a rich appreciation of melody and emotion, which more than suits the bluesy tenor of his latest music."
DangerdogMusicReviews: “Drawing from diverse and formidable roots, Rex Carroll delivers emotional and fiery guitar work on his latest creation. From neo-classical metal fireworks to rough and tumble gritty blues, Carroll is the real deal and worth every minute of your time.”
Melodic. net: “Hard rock with heavy blues influences filled with groovy and melodic riffs that should please rock fans of Ritchie Kotzen, Glenn Hughes and The Jeff Healey Band.”
Ken Tamplin/Shout: “Rex has sustained the art of great guitar playing throughout the years. It's more than obvious that Rex is on fire and his light shows no signs of dimming.”
KEY SELLING POINTS
**Full promotional/magazine campaign
**Rex has a significant and loyal fan base established over touring the world 6+ times with Whitecross
**Active touring band
**Specializes in USA National Anthem – at pro sports, Nascar, Harley & 4th of July Festivities
01. Find A Way
02. Circle Of Love
04. Working Man’s Blues
05. Walk A Mile
06. Rock My World
07. Witch Dr. Bones
08. Delta Memories
09. My Train
10. Throw Them Bones
WHITE THRONE METAL REVIEWS
Say the name Rex Carroll and most fans of melodic pop/metal will remember him for his guitar virtuosity during the late 80’s early 90’s rockers with rockers White Cross. It will be remembered that Rex flashed like Rhodes, DeMaritini and Van Halen as he assailed his fret board with frantic intensity. Many fans will also remember White Cross for their Stephen Pearcy styled vocalizations courtesy of Scott Wenzel. Rex’s affiliations with King James and Steelheart not withstanding.
However the album that has captivated my attention these last many days is the Retroactive release of ‘The Rex Carroll Band.’ With a brilliant mastering job courtesy of J. Powell at Steinhaus, this self titled album takes the listening experience to the bayou’s and back. However with a decidedly Cajun flavor. If you like blues oriented southern fried rock n metal… This album is the one. Hooks galore and plenty of guitar wizardry to keep the air guitar busy and satisfied.
Rex and company provide a superb offering of bluesy guitar oriented rock n roll. This is an album that might be overlooked, especially amidst all of the super heavy stuff and alt rock that seems to be flavor of the moment, however this disc, it seems to me, has the attractiveness of a bright shiny new automobile. Turn the key and hit the gas, this album smokes. 8 bar, 12 bar, smoky back room flavor with lots of feel and vocals courtesy of Rex himself.
Stevie Ray Vaughn and Billy Gibbons would be proud of the guitar oriented material Carroll delivers here. “Working Man Blues,” “Delta Memories,” “Find a Way,” all up beat rockers and of course there has to be a slow bluesy number which ‘Rock my World’ brings. This album reminds us all why blues oriented hard rock is one of the most infectious styles of music around.
The production values are top notch with lots of punch and attack. Good tones across the board with a masterful sound that just deserves to be played loudly. This is not White Cross mark two, not at all, and that I will say is a good thing. The Rex Carroll Band is a decidedly different animal all together.
This is another great album which will see the light of day courtesy of Retroactive Records. Smooth, going down like a sunset along the Mississippi coastline. The Rex Carroll Band has provided a stellar performance which has been introduced to a new generation of fans. Can we all stand up and applaud? I’m standing on my seat.
DANGER DOG REVIEW
Rex Carroll Band, The: That Was Then ...
Review: Craig Hartranft, 08.23.2010
Here's another great homegrown American guitarist: Rex Carroll. You may recall his work primarily from the Christian hard rock outfit Whitecross from the late 80's to early 90's. If you're memory's even better you will remember a small band called Fierce Heart or a later outing called King James. That Was Then, This Is Now comes under the moniker of The Rex Carroll Band, and finds Carroll visiting some different roots than those that formed earlier works. Carroll was raised on and influenced 70's rock from likes of Scorpions, Van Halen, and Deep Purple.
However, this work explores another side that influenced him: blues and southern rock. Carroll is a longtime fan of the greats such as ZZ Top and the Allman Brothers, and you can hear it on That Was Then, This Is Now. The first evidence is in Carroll's gritty, yet soulful, vocals which imagine Greg Allman merging with Bill Gibbons. Next comes Rex's cutting edge southern-fried and bluesy fret work, with a dash of the hard rock and metal vibe that made him famous back in the day.
That Was Then, This Is Now is rip-roaring stuff, heavy on the blues and infinitely charming. Listen to My Train for a seminal blues type; Witch Dr. Bones and the massive Throw Them Bonz for a torrent of fret-blistering heavy blues rock; and, the amazing and best cut on the album Working Man's Blues for an authentic dose of hard-driving honest gut-level blues rock. Fine stuff!
For pure blues hard rock, Rex Carroll's That Was Then, This Is Now is the real deal. Strongly recommended!
ROCK OVER AMERICA REVIEW
What do you get when you take a virtuoso guitar player and put a Hard Rock/Southern Rock band behind him? You get the Rex Carroll Band. For those of you who don’t know Rex Carroll, he is the driving guitar force behind Christian Metal band Whitecross. He hit the scene with them in 1987, and it has been no looking back ever since. He has also been in a band called King James, and he has this band as well. If you hear him I am sure you will agree with the terms mind blowing, amazing, exceptional, phenomenal and rare breed of cat.
The new album is called ‘That Was Then, This Is Now’ and it takes the genres of Southern Rock and Hard Rock further, and in a way that is truly a legacy to all that the greats such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet and others started and originally brought to us, even bringing to mind a newer band called Preacherstone. The album should not be labeled simply as Southern Rock though, that would be too easy and a cop out in this case. This IS Rock in every good and acceptable sense of the term for the genre.
The album has10 tracks that go from blistering to slowed down, but slowed down still means heavy in a Delta Blues/Southern Rock kind of way. Songs such as “Find A Way”, “Delta Memories”, and “Working Man’s Blues” blister though like a freight train doing 150 MPH with no indication of ever slowing down. “My Train” is the slowed down song, but has a real beauty to it in how soulful it truly is. This album will show the world once and for all that Rex Carroll is one of the best guitar players out there, PERIOD!!!! By the way, this is not what you would call a Christian album, in a lot of senses, but he is a Christian. The album also has a song called “Fool’s Gold” that shows how amazing he truly is on the guitar, it is a short, 1 minute and 14 second “Blistering, blow your face off” guitar solo that shows you what we all saw from the first Whitecross album. All I can say is that if you miss this one, you have definitely missed out on something very special. Do not miss your “Train”!!!