Roll up your sleeves and get
ready for Southern Rock like you have not heard it in quite some time with the
debut release by Shanytown. Drawn
from the genes of great Southern Rock greats like Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special,
and The Johnny Van Zant bands, the bothers Ronnie Morris and Robbie Morris, nephews of the late Ronnie, Donnie, and Johnny Van Zant, make their
Shanytown: Redneck; Peace of Mind; Mexico; Shany Town;
Brother; Fishing; One More Night; Loud Pipes; Me & Mine; Justin’s Song;
Morris: Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Lead Vocals; Robbie Morris: Drums; Kevin
Williams; Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Background Vocals; Charles Moody: Bass
Guitar; Jonathan DeMaio: Synth Strings and Organ; Steve Reynolds: Percussion;
Buddy Harrington: Fiddle; Glenn Halverson: Lead and Rhythm Guitars: Duane
Johnson: Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals
was produced by Robbie Morris and Glenn Halverson and was released on the
Garage Door Records
label; this marks the inaugural release for the Southern Rock band Shanytown. When the genes fit let them
rock away, and with the Morris brothers, nephews of members of three renowned Southern
Rock bands, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special, and The Johnny Van Zant Band, they show
that Southern Rock courses through their veins.
The release opens with the
track Redneck, a powerful
introduction to a band that knows how to lay it on the line with great lyrics
and vocals paced by some feathered guitar licks, dancing fiddle work, pulsating
drums, and down and dirty bass riffs. The track Peace of Mind features the great vocal prowess of Ronnie Morris and
Kevin Williams as they sing “…don’t misunderstand me I’ve got to make a change,
this place is taking me, it’s driving me insane…,” tight harmonies, a strong
bass line, and some sassy guitar round out the track.
The release moves to the
track Mexico and the guitar sabers
roar into action slicing their way through this driving melody and the catchy
lyrics lead you to sing along “It’s a long ways to Mexico…don’t have to go the
way I did…”
The band’s “namesake” track Shany Town shows some moxie with biting
lyrics, “I’ve got to break this chain before it takes me down below, I never
tried to do you wrong, never tried to bring you down,” a rousing melody paced
by lashing guitar riffs and a heavy base line will satisfy any serious southern
The track Brother slows down the release with a
powerful ballad that rings off the guitar licks and the vocals of Ronnie
Morris. Brother ties Shanytown’s
sound together with all of the elements from tight musicianship, classic rock
vocals and lyrics, and a sound that may become their anthem for years to come.
pulls the chords in and reverbs on Ronnie’s intense vocals, a track destined to
become a popular in the car sing-along track. “Have you ever been fishing on a
warm summer night, full moon hanging over your head and the stars shining so
bright,” to which we all can relate and dream.
Superb guitar work opens the
track One More Night and lays the
tracks for Ronnie’s vocals to ride on before blazing into a rockin’ southern onslaught;
air guitar and air drumming are a perfect complement for the listener.
My favorite track is Loud Pipes, a raw energy 1000cc open
throttle power drive down southern rock-n-roll lane. Let the wind blow in your face,
sit back and enjoy the open ride as you listen to some of the most powerful
guitar riffs and drumming that you have heard.
The track Justin’s Song is another catchy tune
that will be on many people’s play list. Ronnie’s lyrics “It’s been so long since
you been around, you been up and I’ve been down, so down. We tried so hard to
work things out….You took my heart and tore it apart and thank God my lord I’ve
got my son, my son…” Who cannot empathize with the passion and feelings that are
carried on this track with a melody that punctuates the fervor.
The release closes with some
imposing slide work on Lost Souls and
Ronnie’s catchy lyrics “…there’s two things you don’t want around, record
companies and cocaine, lord they will bring you down…” Move over Lynyrd
Skynyrd, 38 Special, and The Johnny Van Zant Band, Shanytown shows that the
genes did not fall far from the southern rock tree; this is a band that not
only keeps the sound alive, but they have moved it forward to new heights.
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