Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons (Appleton, Wisc.)
Singer/songwriter Cory Chisel was raised in a religious home (his dad was a preacher), but an uncle with good taste played a young Chisel the pioneering Blues of Howlin’ Wolf and Robert Johnson, inadvertently pointing him toward a career performing diverse secular Americana music with his band, The Wandering Sons. The group’s latest album, 2012’s Old Believers (produced by singer/songwriter Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs and featuring his bandmates Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler, also of Cincinnati-spawned band The Greenhornes) shows some serious versatility in its Americana hodge podge, reflecting the influence of vintage Soul on certain tracks and classic Rock and Pop on others. Chisel’s songwriting abilities are one of the great revelations of Believers, as he avoids Americana clichés even while effortlessly breezing in and out of various aural moods.
YDIITD: A Jayhawks, Otis Redding, Soft Rock, Johnny Cash, Gospel Country Soul smoothie. (MB)