"Drown Your Wicked Ways" -- the latest release from Fathers & Sons -- is a southern musical stew filled with songs about drinkin', sinnin', mournful ghosts, lost love, and redemption. If you love to hear a rock band jam over solid tunes, then this is an album for you.
Fathers & Sons are a band comprised of two fathers, and two sons: Richard and Derek Allman; Allen and David Diffee. Richard and Derek supply the band with guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and lap steel. David (bass) and Allen (drums) provide the rhythmic muscle. Together, all four musicians create a sonic energy that is uniquely theirs.
All four members of Fathers & Songs sing on "Drown Your Wicked Ways." Derek Allman sings "Consequences", "Somethin's up in Mebane", and "Drown Your Wicked Ways." His vocal style is emotionally charged and technically adept. Informed by his experiences in two widely divergent styles -- pop, and metal -- Derek's delivery hits the mark perfectly.
Derek's instrumental prowess on "Drown Your Wicked Ways" is clearly evident on nearly every track. His fiddle playing and lap steel color each track with emotion and colors. His string arrangements on "Reaching for Stars" and "The Faded Letter" add depth rarely heard in "home recordings." His solo work burns with emotion, and shines with technical brilliance. Check out his lap steel solos on "Somethin's up in Mebane", and his fiddle playing on "Drown Your Wicked Ways" to experience his playing yourself.
David Diffee developed as a vocalist during the three years it took to record "Drown Your Wicked Ways." He started singing a few songs with Fathers & Sons covering Black Sabbath, Sublime, Bob Seeger, The Clash, and Wilco. His voice offers a deep and soothing textures. And, he is blessed with the ability to sound indifferent and emotional within the same song. Listen to him sing on "How Could You Be So Wrong?", a song-story about the frustration and loss a young man experiences after learning of his lover's infidelity. In that song, David captures the nuanced feelings of a young man desperately trying to maintain his composure as he sees his former lover out of his home, and his life.
David's bass playing his solid and beautifully melodic. Listen to the counterpoint he provides in "Reaching for Stars"; the Motown flavor he adds to "Seven Days Ago"; and the rock pounding he adds to "Good Joe Baldwin."
Allen Diffee is one of the Fathers in Fathers & Sons. His experience shines on this album. His drumming is very musical and he successfully captures the gist of each and every song with his toms, kick, snare, and cymbals. It is of no coincidence that very often, musical drummers sing -- and, Allen drums and sings with the best of them. Listen to his voice on "Seven Days Ago" and "Readin' the Bible, Drinkin' a Double."
Richard Allman is the other father in Fathers & Sons. He wrote most of the material on album but sings on only two of the ten songs he either wrote, or co-wrote. His idea was to match the voices of his bandmates to the songs that they were best suited. This provides the album with varying voices that engage the listener throughout the album's 40 minute cycle.
Richard's guitar playing and song arrangements offer the glue that binds this collection of songs. His playing is concise, rhythmic, and biting when he solos. Listen to the cry of his axe during the instrumental portions of "Reaching for Stars" as an example.
If you listened to the album, or purchased it then please accept our thanks. We hope that this recorded work will give you enjoyment for years to come. Peace.