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Beitthemeans - 2011 Head Held High

ARTIST: Beitthemeans
ALBUM: Head Held High
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Josh Jones - vocals, guitars * Cassey Wilson - bass * Nathan Kelley - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Intro * 02 Head Held High * 03 The Ballad Of Jack Hatcher * 04 Pots In The Kitchen * 05 All My Kinfolk * 06 God Wearsa A Houndstooth * 07 Tombstone Heart * 08 Virginia Healer * 09 Black Water * 10 Ain't No Use



Crawling out the swamplands of Sylacauga, Alabama, comes the power trio called Beitthemeans. Comprising of bassist Cassey Wilson, drummer Nathan Kelley and singer/guitarist Josh Jones. 'Head Held High' is their second release. Their first outing 'Crude Alabama Storytellers' come out to critical acclaim in their State and their live performances have now become legendary.

The Songs
Make no mistake this is a southern rock CD, but southern rock, as we oldies know it has now evolved into a new monster. Bigger, brasher and better. It helps that Lester Nuby produced this CD and his roots lie in the alternative southern rock scene. We kick of with the 'Intro' which is very much akin to the start of John Mellencamp's 'Grandmas Theme', then its straight into the tittle track, 'Head Held High', this has some great guitar work towards the end from Josh Jones. This song reminds me of Soundgarden. Next up is 'The Ballard Of Jack Hatchet', and 'Pots In The Kitchen'. 'All My Kinfolk' follows on, some of you may remember this from the Sons of Anarchy TV show. 'God Wears A Houndstooth' which suddenly explodes into semi grunge assault. We have 'Tombstone Heart', where I can hear the Led Zeppelin influences. 'Virginia Healer', and closing, the beautiful 'Aint No Use', I really enjoy the way Josh can project his voice to a full-blown scream, which actually compliments the songs.

In Summary
This was a hard CD to review, as I had nothing to really compare it to. I can hear the influences of early grunge, Edgar Winter and Led Zeppelin. BITM sing songs about sin, salvation and a hint of the occult. They could easily perform the theme tune for True Blood. BITM are worth the investment. As I said at the beginning, not your traditional southern rock, but what is nowadays?

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