Soul Miners Union Release ‘Brothers From Different Roots’

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To be fully transparent, I want you to know that I approached this review blind, having never heard any music from Soul Miners Union. Let’s take a look at their five track EP, Brothers from Different Roots.

“Searching For Home” contains some savage guitar playing which is driving, ominous and completely compliments the fierce vocals. A great all-around track.

“Good Times” is a showcase guitar piece. The vocals feel like an afterthought, with the guitar riffs at center stage. They put a strong, highly individual stamp on the music.

“Love of Illusion” contains unpretentious playing and restrained vocals that skillfully pull you in and leave you wanting more. The track is perfect for relaxing in a cozy armchair with a drink in your hand and an old dog on your lap. The music has a mystical, comfortable feel to it, like Pink Floyd mixed with Butterfield Blues.

“Mad Hatter” is an instrumental piece with very impressive drum work. Similar to the previous track, it also has a comfortable and pleasant tone, reminiscent of a bygone day. It brings to mind the backbeat playing of Fred Below, who is rhythmically one of the best.

“Broken Dreams” begins softly, like a sweet breeze, until the vocals arrive, gruff and coarse, turning the gentle breeze into a whirlwind, barely contained. At some points it’s straddling that fine line between perfection and chaos.

On the right night, in the right atmosphere, this EP will be my go-to for contemplative reflection. It has the ability to make me just zone out and look inwards. For me, that’s one of the defying characteristics of a great blues band. Another interesting thing about this EP is the duality that shines through. There are definitely some stylistic differences between the songs. The guitar heavy, dark lyric tracks are in stark transition to softer numbers with more memorable lyrics. The differences in this EP compliment each other and serve up a great listening experience. I’ll give this EP two big thumbs-up. I leave you with the wish that you enjoy it as much as I did!

Deep in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, you’ll find this guy, rocking out at his favorite campground. When not hosting a game of trivia at the famous “Cow Palace,” you’ll find him riding the nature trails in his custom golf cart, listening to music as diverse as Aerosmith, Cream and Pink Floyd, to Jane’s Addiction and Lenny Kravitz. It’s true, he probably shouldn’t be driving so fast with Parkinson’s Disease, but don’t tell him that. He’s been moving and shaking (get it??) to his own beat ever since he snuck out at age 15 to see George Thorogood & The Destroyers. So...if you find yourself lost in the woods some cold night, and hear the mournful sounds of “Folsom Prison Blues” echoing through the trees, make your way to the source. You’ll find a roaring campfire beside a gazebo. Pull up a camp stool and sit next to the guy with the cane. You’ll soon realize that’s not Johnny Cash he’s playing. That would be “Small Town Titans”, and he’d love to tell you about them! Stay awhile. Let’s talk music...

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