Ghost of Browder Holler
Label: Lil’ Damsel Records
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Review Date: April 29, 2012
I always tell anyone who cares to listen that when God created the heavens and the earth, He put his best into East Tennessee and made the rest of the world out of what was left over. Don’t believe me? Four words: The Great Smoky Mountains.
I rest my case.
While some may dare to argue with me about the veracity of that statement, one thing that no one would argue with me about is a great up and coming talent who was born and bred in my native East Tennessee. Her name is Chelle (pronounced “Shelly”) Rose and she brings the grit, soul and rock and roll that is native to the region.
Ms. Rose has a voice that brings to mind great talent like Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Bramlett, Bonnie Tyler and Juice Newton and the confidence in delivering virtually any genre of music she chooses to sing. Under the guiding hand of legendary Texas singer/songwriter, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Chelle’s second album, Ghost of Browder Holler, delivers a dozen musical roses (pun definitely intended) that will brighten any room in which they’re played.
Starting the Boomerocity short list of favorites is I Need You. Some may disagree with me but I think it’s got kind of a Stones/You Got Me Rockin’ vibe with a little Clapton/Cream style guitar work as icing on the musical cake. Love it!
Weepin’ Willow On the Hill reminds me of Kristofferson’s Help Me Make It Through the Night with a Miranda Lambert kind of feel. This is the kind of song you’ll want playing at dusk while you’re driving on an interstate out in the middle of nowhere anywhere in the good ol’ U.S. of A. When this song is through, you could be with the ones you love the most and feel lonely for no particular reason.
Last but certainly not least on the Boomerocity short list is the Petty/Etheridge-esque, Shady Grove Gonna Blow. This tune just gets in your mind and it won’t let go. This tune was worthy of countless slaps of the repeat button.
Because of Chelle Rose, you may start to hear the phrase “Appalachian Rock”. If you look it up in the dictionary, odds are you’ll see Chelle Rose’s picture as the definition.
Written by Randy Patterson