Outlaw Country Never Sounded So Good
A Review of KANE's Debut CD
ow, they are good! Those were the exact words I said after I listened to KANE, the self-titled debut CD of the band formed by Christian Kane and Steve Carlson. To many Angel fans, lead vocalist Kane is best known as devious lawyer Lindsey McDonald, rising star of the evil law firm, Wolfram & Hart, although the singer/actor is much more comfortable in a pair of earth-worn denims and a cowboy hat then he is in a three-piece designer suit. Now mind you, I'm not a big country/western fan, but I found myself beating my thumb and tapping my foot in time with the music. It's not hard to see why Kane and Carlson's-both accomplished guitarists and songwriters-unique blend of rock, country, and ballad more commonly referred to as "outlaw country" has caught on in many circles in Southern California. In fact, KANE has been voted one of LA's 100 Hottest Unsigned Bands by Music Connection, a music industry magazine.
The band's guitar riffs have a very Eric Clapton Unplugged feel to them. KANE's "Sweet Carolina Rain" and "The Chase" are reminiscent of the great Clapton and the legendary BB King collaborations from early 2001 in terms of rhythm. Lyrical construction shows a blend of meticulousness and realization as instrumentally and production-wise it proficiently sets the tone from one track to the next as in "Spirit Boy," an inspirational outlaw saga about a Native American's lost love and "One More Shot" with its theme of irreconcilable heartache.
All in all, KANE's debut CD is very well done. The band recently went to Nashville to hone their songwriting abilities, catching the eye of a few high-level music industry executives in the process. As their music catches on, I wouldn't be surprised if the band crosses musical genres from country to pop like some of their peers in the industry, such as Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, and Faith Hill. KANE proves you don't have to have a major label to set your mark and surpass it. A worthy CD to add to your collection.
Visit KANE on their Official Web-site at: www.KaneMusic.com