January 31, 2015
South Street Patio
Arlington, TX USA
Review by Chris Br
Photos by Chris Br
Double Barrel Southern Rock
Arlington's South Street Patio hosted an excellent show on January 31st to a room full of southern rock fan.
The opening band, First Rush, was an interesting 5 piece group, and I'd wondered why none of us at The Shop Album Rock had heard of them. Their album's liner notes reveal that the band is coming off a 30 year hiatus.
They may have waited longer to reform than the Blues Brothers, but I'll have to check Jake's sentencing for that one. Nevertheless, this is a great band with a sound that will take you back to those simpler times in welcome overtones.
The songs on their latest CD, titled The Road Less Traveled, convey some noble messages as well. Show highlight "Something to Remember" is a 9/11-themed song that reminds us who we should be as Americans, while their CD makes us think about those roads from time to time.
Mixing their original material with covers by Styx and the Moody Blues, they executed their show with heart and soul. Look for First Rush to be in the Shop's Indie section hourly.
The night's headliner Point Blank hit the stage for a rare appearance in a close, warm venue. After the introduction by John Rody of Southside Pirate Radio, the band opened fire with "Down But Not Dead" and kept the place moving with their southern rock groove, tasty blues numbers and of course the bands most commercial hits, "Nichole" and "Mean To Your Queenie." A few high-energy tunes from their latest effort, Volume 9 were add on the set list as well. Grab a copy of this one if you don't already own it - this is Point Blank at their finest.
The band performed flawlessly, with Rusty Burns and Mouse Mays on guitars, Kirk Powers on bass, Greg Hokanson behind the drums, Larry Telford on keyboards and John O'Daniel on vocals. They took a break from their own material and covered Deep Purple's "Highway Star," which kept the place moving.
It's pretty safe to say it was a good time Saturday night with the Howling Wolves of Forth Worth! Rusty says they'll be doing it again soon, so be on the lookout for the next Point Blank gig.