Stone Machine: Rock Ain’t Dead Review

Imagine the Paul Rodger’s bands Free and Bad Company merged with the Southern Rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd and then finally mix in a little bit of ZZ Top and now you have pretty much nailed down what Stone Machine serves up on their third release – Rock Ain’t Dead.

This album is full of direct to the heart guitar riffs led by Dirk Blevins, a heavy rhythmic bottom end that is held down by Jamie Hall (Bass) and Jeremy Hall (Drums), and soaring Paul Rodgers styled vocals by Jason Mays. This is classic in your face ’70s and ’80s rock with songs like “Sad To Say,” “Rock and Roll Star,” and the title track “Rock Ain’t Dead.”

No album of classic southern rock is complete without evident influences of the blues. “Lady Luck” is a slow bluesy track. “Mr. Blues” starts with an acoustic riff that pops up through the song while we listen to the lament of how Mr. Blues is such a well-known figure in the life of the singer. “Black Moon Creepin’” is another slower blues towards the end of the album that really allows the guitars to shine in extended jaunts between the refrains. The album closes out with the excellent “Angels and Devils” that could very easily have been mistaken for an outtake from The Black Crowes early work.

Stone Machine delivers a modern take on a memorable sound and Rock Ain’t Dead will have you waxing nostalgic about how great these jams are as if they were classics of the eras from which they are clearly influenced.

The Review: 8/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Sad to Say
– Rock and Roll Star
– Mr. Blues
– Angels and Devils

The Big Hit

– Angels and Devils

Review by Kevin O’Rourke

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4 Responses to “Stone Machine: Rock Ain’t Dead Review”

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    I agree with Kevin’s review.I have been enjoying this cd.A great sound track for the summer as well!

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