(Ruff Patch Music)
Spartanburg, SC is once again a hot bed of great music with a whole new generation of players who grew up in the shadows of The Marshall Tucker Band reaching out and grabbing their own brass ring. Then once in a while, we get new music from someone who has been around for a while. Such is the case with drummer Lee Sinclair, a long time friend of The Marshall Tucker Band who has played on several of their albums. Lee has realized his long time dream, and the results are very good.
On Bleedin’ Black and White, Sinclair works closely with former MTB members Tim Lawter and Rusty Milner, and brings in another Tucker family member, Ronald Radford, along with a studio full of the Upstate’s best, including guitar slinger Jeff Smith.
The songs are country rockin’ good and the musicianship is pretty near perfect. “Cowboys” may be my favorite, a song about Frank and Jessie James. Of course the ballad “Doghouse Rose” really impressed me as well.
It’s a fine southern record from one of South Carolina’s finest musicians, a man with a whole lot of heart and a whole lot of rhythm.
-Michael Buffalo Smith