Old Union continue to amaze me with their sophomore release, Motels & Highways. This Nashville based band that many lump into the “jam band” category is first and foremost a blues rock band that owe more than a little to The Allman Brothers Band as far as inspiration goes. The guys are top of the heap musicians, and the interplay between Hammond B-3 and slide guitar can’t help but conjure up mystical visions of brothers Gregg and Duane.
The title track rocks with a funky Southern Rock vibe that drew me right in from the outset, and truth be told, there is quite a lot of that good ol’ 100 proof Southern rock vibe going on between the covers of the new album, whether it be “1,000 New Ways to Fly” or the rocking “Justified,” a song that finds Chuck singing in his very best Gregg Allman tone. “Backbreaker” is one of the best tracks on the album, rocking along with a Black Crowes vibe and “Jericho” blends the blues with Southern Rock for a killer track.
The whole album is good. These guys always give 110 percent, and Motels & Highways is no exception. If you enjoy an old school Allman Brothers sound with Southern Rock sensibilities blended with large doses of youth and vibrancy, Old Union is your band.
-Michael Buffalo Smith