The holidays are just around the corner (or already passed if you are a Jew)! Days filled with food, joy and gifts, there’s also a large number of people who will be on the road, and Lord knows this can be a tedious time – however, as some kind of unexpected gift for y’all, there’s a nice soundtrack for the journey that will help time fly faster than light… sorta.
Thunderin’ Down The Road by St. Paul’s very own Terry Derosier is one of those rare records you get to hear these days, with a sound that’s both raw and engaging as it goes for a much classic 80s rock in the veins of The Eagles and John Mellencamp in subtle ways, while it dives into other different waters as Country and Blues.
Its title tracks gets your blood pumping with a nice guitar intro that blends perfectly with the warm, Country-ish/Southern vocals by Derosier and the use of rock organs throughout the song adds some nice layers that makes the track both dynamic and interesting, capturing your attention with no intentions of letting you go. “Restless Dreamer” goes for a much straightforward Country Rock approach, blending both distinctive genres together into one hell out of a song that while, personally, isn’t as awesome as its predecessor, it’s fun enough to get you wanting for more.
Sadly, at least you are a big fan of Country music, you might feel unattached and bored moving on as the rest of the album goes fully Country, leaving any Rock undertones behind. The songs are still cool, and definitely showcases Terry’s love and passion for the genre and his storytelling is on point – but again, if you are in for the initial Rock melodies, you might find yourself disappointed.
Criteria - 80%
Nevertheless, minus that little nitpick, Thunderin’ Down The Road by Terry Derosier is a great journey into the tragic, yet inspiring life of a storyteller with a will and talent to go places. As he grows as an artist, hopefully he will find his own sound along the way; but for those who are starting to get to know him and his music, this is a fine introduction.