Eric Culberson ranks as a journeyman musician. The Savannah, Georgia, native has logged over a million miles on the road traveling from gig to gig. Over the last 20 years he’s opened for Johnny Winter, J. Geils, Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Mose Allison and Ted Nugent among others.
In The Outside was recorded by Kevin Rose at Elevated Basement Studios in Savannah, and mastered by Terry Manning (Widespread Panic & Led Zeppelin) at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas.
Culberson wrote all 11 of these songs, except two he co-wrote with longtime drummer Stuart Lusk. In The Outside counts as Culberson’s third full-length studio release. Unlike his previous studio collections, In the Outside sounds more versatile and side winding as opposed to straight-ahead blues.
The opening track, “Ironing Song” features the original guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Sherman. Culberson’s songwriting continues to strengthen over the years. There are traces of Jimi Hendrix in the sonic qualities of these compositions. The variegated sound of the album, and subtle guitar licks allow one to hear something new with each listen.
“Wash Away” emits a late night rock & roll ambience that travels into Stones & Gov’t Mule territory. “The Catch” stands as one of In The Outside’s true gems. Culberson streamlines the blues, funk and gritty Rock & Roll into one cohesive sound, which indicates he’s found his truest voice.
“Not There” also utilizes various blends of American musical styles. “Quittin’ Time”, like all of these songs, will transfer well to a live audience, especially when peppered in his bluesy set lists. Sherman appears again on “Stars In Your Tears”, a melodic song that adds soulful diversity to Culberson’s repertory.
“I Came To Get Down” harkens back to the days when Culberson would unleash his funk/punk on rowdy audiences on a Friday night. “Pentop” keeps the listener on their toes with an R & B vibe. “NTD” showcases Culberson’s deft guitar playing, which he chooses to downplay somewhat on this release, proving he’s focusing more on song craft.
“11 Eleven” exists as one of the best songs on this collection—high-octane rock & roll at its finest. The final track, “In The Outside”, is a mellow instrumental that’s so laid-back it’s almost jazz. In the Outside propels Eric Culberson and his band into rarified musical air…