Over the past year, Murfreesboro, TN’s The Only Sons have become one of the fixture bands here on ninebullets. It all started when I met them out in Austin during SxSW and since then they’ve played the ninebullets anniversary party and are about to be down for my birthday party, as well as Tropical Heatwave (a big festival 88.5 WMNF does every May). I guess you could say that over the past year, if ninebullets were a bar, The Only Sons would be one of its house bands.
Last week saw the release of The Only Sons’ second album, American Stranger, on the thisisamericanmusic.com website/label. It was recorded in the church in which bassist Jonathan Merrit’s mother is the pastor and whose parsonage the band calls home, with Glossary front man Joey Kneiser at the helm in the producer role.
Replacing riffs with twang and Thin Lizzy influences with Springsteen, one could musically describe The Only Sons (and American Stranger) as Glossary’s brooding cousin from the country. From the swooping pedal steel and defiant lyrics of “Put Up A Fight”, to the reserved lament of “Standing Water”, or the crunchy march of “Gone Down Swinging”, American Stranger is about as pure of a Southern rock record as you’re gonna find these days and an anchor album on the 9B Essential Listening list.
Check out the mp3’s below then head over to the band’s Bandcamp page to stream the entire album (and buy it).