Jul 9, 2013

Cole Porter Band - Devil By The Tail Album Review

The new CD  Devil By The Tail is set for release this month.  Recently I had the opportunity to get a first listen to this Mike McClure produced record.  This band might not be from Oklahoma or Texas but they easily fit in to our music landscape.  The band consists of front man Cole Porter, Harmony Vocals Kendra Edmonds, Lead guitarist Derek Compton, Bassist Chris Heifner, and Drummer Jamison Case. Devil By The Tail is a really well done disk start to finish.  What a like about this disk is that nothing feels forced from the lyrics, to the harmonies, to the guitar licks that caught my attention. Mike McClure as a producer does what he does best by capturing lightening in a bottle with each track.  One of my favorite tracks is the title track which shows a very rocking side of the band with stellar guitar work from Derek Compton and harmonies from Cole and Kendra.   The trailer song offers us a chance to hear more from Kendra who you could easily mistake as a Pistol Annie member when you hear her.  It has a conversational element between the two that almost anyone who has been in a long term relationship can relate to.  A Chapter , is definitely a catchy tune that I think could do well on radio.  It is a well crafted song about love, heartbreak, and holding on to faith.  Other standout tracks are I-44, Fly With Me, and Back's Against The Wall. The band has been making a name for themselves in their home state of Missouri but they are coming to Oklahoma quite a bit.  I would like to see them come to Texas soon.  The CD will be officially released at their July 19th show Cartoon's Oyster Bar in Missouri, however the band is playing at the Wormy Dog Saloon on Friday.  I highly recommend you download Devil By The Tail on ITunes. I don't have an exact release for the ITunes but we will let you know as soon I find out. Also be on the look out to see them in Oklahoma in the fall. They have string of dates in the area around September and October including College Days in Stillwater.


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