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101 South - 2000 101 South

ARTIST: 101 South
ALBUM: 101 South
SERIAL: 0681-09
YEAR: 2000


LINEUP: Roger Scott Craig - keyboards * Gregory Lynn Hall - vocals * Michael Turner, Billy Liesegang - guitars * Chris Julian - bass * Hans Geiger - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Freeway Ride * 02 Run Like A Tiger * 03 We Took The Wrong Road * 04 Boat Out On The Water * 05 Nowhere To Run * 06 Your Razor Is Sharp * 07 Casualty Of Love * 08 She Walks On Water * 09 You're So Cold * 10 Nobody Moves A Mountain * 11 There's A Train Coming * 12 Live For The Moment


Like the legendary Dixie Highway, 101 South is named after a stretch of road in California. The band project however, was given this name by keyboardist/songwriter Roger Scott Craig, a name familiar to most of you if you recall outfits like Liverpool Express, Fortune and more recently Harlan Cage. 101 South was assembled in 1999, as a (excuse the pun) vehicle for Roger to offload his solo material away from Harlan Cage. Hooking up with the talented vocalist Gregory Lynn Hall, Roger was able to move in a slightly different direction away from Harlan Cage, showcasing a range of songs that though similar to his past works, had a different look and feel to them. Certainly 101 South when released by MTM Music during 2000 drew many positive reviews and ended up being one of the top albums of that year (which wasn't difficult by the way, 2000 not a great year in melodic rock to be honest..)

The Songs
From the get-go, the album has a guitar heavy focus on 'Freeway Ride'. Play this loud in the car and you'll know what I mean. Switching to heartfelt AOR is a breeze for this team, the brilliant 'Run Like A Tiger' is sweeping melodic drama at its best. Not to be outdone, the ballads 'Boat Out On The Water' and 'She Walks On Water' (what's with the water theme Roger?) are as sweet as you'll hear from any artist in this genre. The tracks that do it for me are the harder rocking arrangements. In this category, include the dramatic 'Nowhere To Run', the Fortune/Harlan Cage influenced 'Your Razor Is Sharp' and the hard driving 'Live For The Moment', the lyrics certainly strike a chord with me.

In Summary
Two years later, Roger was courted by Atenzia Records for the release of their second album 'Roll Of The Dice', another compulsory addition to your collection. Since then though, Roger has dried up his melodic rock output, due to a hefty dose of cynicism toward the music industry in general. However, he has made both 101 South CD's available from the CD Baby website, considering the original MTM release sold out years ago, and Atenzia Records went belly-up in 2005, making the original 'Roll Of The Dice' pressing nearly impossible to get now. Though they lasted for a couple of albums, 101 South should reside in your collection, filed under '1' and more or less at the front of the pile.

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#1 | Jez on June 14 2008 16:56:55
I Love this CD, especially the 'Freeway Ride' and the excellent ballad Boat Out On The Water. Great A.O.R, Great songs.
#2 | swazi on February 01 2012 11:27:30

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