SINGLE REVIEW: A Song of Your Own by Crossroad Saints

Let’s get into this new album from Crossroad Saints that is about to drop on August 20 and it’s called “A Song of Your Own”. We’re extremely excited to hear the album when it drops because they were able to send us a teaser, their newest single, “Cradle To The Grave”. 

Not only that, they released a video for it and we have to say that it is quite amusing in its cinematography in of itself. This single include a heavy electric guitar sound that really hits your eardrums. 

Man, this new single has it all! It’s got organs, guitars, bass, and just a sound that blares through the speakers and really speaks in its prolificacy. The bass is able to deliver a sick groove that we can’t help but bounce along to, the drums hit hard, and their singer gets you to muse with him.

Such kinetic expression appears in abundance on the rest of the album, particularly on the titular track. An up-tempo, straightforward affair, it avails itself of the effervescence of what sounds like a horn section, although it could actually only be a track or two of this instrument. Sheeesh!

Interestingly enough, the band actually only consists of Venable, John Slack and Mike Slack, all this sound from just 3 three musicians. But there’s a plethora of guest musicians on everything from the sax, trumpet, and trombone to Corey Miller on the strings and Tim Wright on the pedal steel guitar, giving the album a sense of completion that’s sure to satisfy music lovers all over.  

But, what does the band have to say about it? Let’s hear it from them: “Maybe sometimes songs are just screams, prayers and thinking and crying out loud at a given moment in time. Human beings and music have been coevolving for millennia. There’s an oasis of therapy in the studio with the proper tribe focused on a collective mission. To find that tribe at the perfect moment in time is all any musically inclined rube could ever hope for. Never got the celebration upon completion of a project. The celebration was in the collective artistic process. Now what?

Two of the tracks on the album came from songs written and demoed by Daryl before leaving Nashville. A couple more were written while gearing up for the recording sessions. The timing of the pandemic and the resultant halt on studio construction at Round Table Recording Company opened up more time for writing. The bulk of the material was written in early 2020, the pandemic in full bloom. And then there was the summer of 2020 with unrest spilling out into the streets; déjà vu for a kid born in 1955 from the south.

We live in a time wherein the use of language has been utterly sodomized. We argue over whether objective reality itself is real or not. If music and art aren’t saying anything honest, timely and relevant to the human condition, what’s the point?”

We can’t wait for August 20th, can you?

Check out the video for “Cradle To The Grave” by using the link below and be sure to check out “A Song of Your Own” when it drops. All credit to the masters, Crossroad Saints.

by Javier Zepeda

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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