Flooded with banjo and violin, Randy Steeleâ€™s Moccasin Bender EP is flooded with Chattanooga flavor. However, that doesnâ€™t mean you have to hail from the area to truly appreciate the six-pack collection of tracks.
Like many country tunes, this EP is one forged by memories. The songâ€™s first track, â€œMabbitt Springs,â€ tells a tale about a man making a deal with God to spare his sonâ€™s life. Even cooler, â€œRummiesâ€ is inspired by the work of Ernest Hemingway, while â€œThe Age of Benâ€ shares the story of a son with a heroin addiction. While all of these stories have depth and polish, itâ€™s the musicianship behind them that makes them truly stand out.
Steeleâ€™s voice is warm and honest and combined with the banjo, violin and guitar, itâ€™s multifaceted country/rock that gets better every time you listen. Simply put, itâ€™s like a sandwich with some pop. There are secret ingredients here that by themselves arenâ€™t unique, but when all combined together, they have a unique flavor that it’s hard to replicate somewhere else.
In the end, this collection of tunes is best served after a long day of work, in your car on the highway, heading home. Full of stories, ones youâ€™ll connect to, it’s deep but far from heady and a nice blend of musicianship and charisma.