It's truly a rare thing to run across an album that just captivates my attention from the first spin, from the very opening notes. Such is the case with the new release from multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter Randall Bramblett, a man best known to Southern Rock audiences for his work with Sea Level, Gregg Allman and Cowboy. Many of us are also familiar with his stellar work with Steve Winwood, Traffic, Levon Helm, Widespread Panic and many others.
The new album, which will be released March 9th, is a major departure for Bramblett. Rock and roll takes a back seat to beautiful vocals and piano, acoustic bass and sparse percussion.
The 12-track release features adult contemporary versions of many of Randall’s older songs, including “One More Rose” and the breathtaking “Witness For Love,” a song he also performed in duet with Bonnie Bramlett on her most recent release Beautiful.
There are also plenty of new and unreleased songs, each track more mesmerizing than the next. Excellent lyrics and memorable melodies dominate songs like “The Grand Scheme of Things” and the great old Bramblett favorite “Sacred Harmony.”
The album is a romantic, easy listening piece of work that finds Bramblett accompanied by Gerry Hansen on drums and percussion and Chris Enghauser on upright bass. Special guests include Andy Carlson (violin and viola), Cora Kuyvenhoven (cello), Adam McKnight (backing vocals on "Driving to Mongomery"), Betsy Franck (backing vocals on "In the Meantime"), Tom Ryan (baritone sax), and Kevin Hyde (trombone). Strings were written and arranged by renowned producer/composer, Steve Dancz.
In The Meantime is, simply stated, a beautiful album, relaxing and easy on the ears. Just excellent..
-Michael Buffalo Smith