Album Review: “Distiller” by Carolina Still

“Distiller” smells of authenticity.

It’s got the banjo, pig calls and the fiddle, that not enough for you? They speak of old ways and tradition that make you want to pour your favorite whiskey and just enjoy the day.

The 12-song record from the unsigned band is authentic enough to push Carolina Still to the forefront of the bluegrass genre.

The rap game has its leaders and names: Lil’ Wayne, Jay-Z, Eminem, rock has got its big names: AC/DC and so on, bluegrass…nothing comes to mind right?

The record is quick in melody and intense in themes. You’ll hear stories of jail time, murder and running from police. You could call them storytellers of sorts.

I digress, some of the standout tracks on the album are “That .44 Gun,” “Erastus Clay” and “Six Gun Sadie.”

“That .44 Gun” mixes the banjo and the fiddle and speaks on a man who made a decision he regrets all thanks to the pistol. You’ll feel the pain, the remorse of a man who knows he won’t be free. He even tells his woman not to be there when he passes.

Songs like this stereotypically come off as depressing but Carolina Still put some sort of creative spin on it to make sure that isn’t the case.

You got to love a record that doesn’t wear you out, “Distiller” only has one track over four minutes long. There are even a few instrumentals mixed in the album.

The boys do a great job of setting imagery and the mood within each song.

For some snippets of the record check the video above.

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