Randall Bramblett serves up rock-solid ‘Devil Music’ release

Randall Bramblett‘Devil Music’
Randall Bramblett (New West)
3.5 stars out of 5

The solo career of Georgia-born singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Randall Bramblett is broken down into two distinct phases. He emerged on the scene in the mid-1970s with a pair of underappreciated Southern rock albums (1975’s “That Other Mile” and 1976’s “Light of the Night”) before spending the next two decades as a member of jazz fusion outfit Sea Level and a touring member of the reunited Traffic.

Randall Bramblett CDBramblett returned to the studio as a solo performer in 1997 with “See Through Me” and he’s continued to deliver rock-solid albums every few years ever since. His latest effort “Devil Music” comes on the heels of 2013 gem “The Bright Spots” and finds Bramblett strutting his stuff on vocals, keys, Hammond organ and saxophone. The 11-track release gets boost from a pair of high-profile guest spots courtesy of guitarists Mark Knopfler (“Dead in the Water”) and Derek Trucks (“Angel Child”).

Additional keepers include the blistering title track, “Bottom of the Ocean,” “Whiskey Headed Woman,” the sultry “Ride” and “Thing for You.” If you haven’t yet discovered the music of Randall Bramblett, here’s the perfect opportunity to remedy that. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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