Sunday, 10 February 2019
Black Oak Arkansas – Keep The Faith (1972)
The second album from this US band.
The band was a sextet with a lineup of bass, banjo, steel guitars, piano, guitars, drums, washboard and vocals.
The band was one of these US bands who was hit by the hard rocking Led Zeppelin and decided to go down that route themselves.
Black Oak Arkansas was from Arkansas, USA though. They did hard rock their own, Arkansian way.
That means lots of hard rock, rock, some gospel, some country and some blues. Arkansas are in the south states and the term "southern rock" can to an extent be labeled here too.
The music is pretty raw and dominated by the raspy voice of Jim Mangrum.
These thirty-eight seconds are pretty hard rocking and has some decent songs. This is not progressive rock by any means. But their music still have qualities which will be appreciated by progressive rock fans too.
This is an honest southern USA hard rock album and should be appreciated as just that.