If you haven’t heard the name yet, get ready… Chad Sullins & the Last Call Coalition is a band that you are going to be hearing of more and more in the months and years to come. They come to us from in and around Stillwater, OK; a place revered for its deep roots in the Red Dirt music scene. Chad and his band mates in LCC Josh Rutz on guitar, Jerry Stanley on bass, and Jeremy Clark on drums have obviously paid attention and are influenced by that rich musical history.
They recently released INCOMMUNICADO, their second full length album and first release put out with label support since being picked up by the Smith Music label. All I can say about this band and this album is I’m damn glad I found them when I did. This album is one of the best releases that I have had the honor to put my ear to this year.
From track to track this album runs the gamut of genres from rowdy southern rock mixed with a little blues to pure country and slow moving ballads. Tracks like the album’s first single ‘Thank God for Jack Daniels’ and ‘Full Throttle’ you had better buckle up because these songs move fast and hard with blazing guitar riffs courtesy of Josh Rutz, lead guitarist. The track ‘Straight to Hell’ is an honest man’s unapologetic opinion on the state of some things in this country today that I think more people than will admit, will relate to. The tunes ’10 One 10’ and ‘Only Girl’ are ballads with honest, sincere lyrics with similar themes of love and sticking together through good and bad. ‘Paris’ is about as close as you can get to a straight pure country track. ‘August Sun’ is without fail a great southern rock tune that would fit into any classic rock station rotation next to the likes of Sknyrd and the Stones. I do have to say, that my favorite track on the album is a cover of an old Bob Childers song. LCC’s version of ‘Dance With the Gypsies’ is hands down, the best version of this song since the godfather of Red Dirt Childers himself. And yes, I know other great Red Dirt artists have done the song. I stand by my statement.
INCOMMUNICADO is a can’t miss album. The buzz surrounding these guys is growing every day. And it is well deserved. I have no doubt that before long, Chad Sullins & the Last Call Coalition will be on the top of the charts, playing with and not opening for the bigger names in Texas & Red Dirt music. Get in on these guys now.
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-By Brandon Meyers of www.reddirt-bluecollar.com