Sunday, August 7, 2016

50SHR #18: Baton Rouge (Louisiana)



Band: Baton Rouge
Release: Shake Your Soul
Year: 1990
Line-up: Kelly Keeling (vocals), Lance Bullen (guitars), Scott Bender (bass), Corky McClellan (drums), David Cremin (keyboards, guitar)

Track Listing:
1.  Doctor  3:44
2.  Walks Like a Woman  3:54
3.  Big Trouble  3:24
4.  It's About Time  3:58
5.  Bad Time Comin' Down  3:54
6.  The Midge instrumental  0:57
7.  Baby's So Cool  3:38
8.  Young Hearts  4:15
9.  Melenie  3:37
10.  There Was a Time (The Storm)  4:11
11.  Hot Blood Movin'  3:30
12.  Spread Like Fire  3:16

Fletchanator's comment: Despite their name, Baton Rouge weren't actually from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, instead hailing from the small town of Pearl River in the same state. I guess Pearl River just didn't have the same ring to it as a name. In fact they were called Cheetah when they first left the Bayou State and headed to Hollywood in 1987, but changed their name upon being signed to Atlantic Records in 1989.
Baton Rouge released one album after this - Lights out on the Playground in 1991 - before succumbing to the changing music landscape, although they reunited briefly to play Rocklahoma in 2009. Singer Kelly Keeling has had a successful career post-Baton Rouge, appearing on solo albums by such great guitarists as Michael Schenker, George Lynch (Dokken) and John Norum (Europe).
Produced under the watchful eye of Jack Ponti, who had co-written songs for bands like Bon Jovi, Bonfire, Babylon AD and Alice Cooper, Shake Your Soul has great production values and a crisp, radio-friendly sound. The music is bluesy in the style of Whitesnake or Kingdom Come, while Keeling's singing sounds uncannily like Sammy Hagar at times and like David Coverdale at others. This one is another definite recommendation from me!

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