Chris Grant – The Road

Album Review | Spey Valley Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

No stranger to Glasgow’s thriving ‘open mic’ scene, the Morayshire-born singer songwriter Chris Grant delivers a further dozen songs here on his seventh album, each of which showcase his distinctive soulful growl, reminiscent of Cocker (Joe, not Jarvis) and each performed with a similar passion. Despite this being a solo album, as opposed to Chris being accompanied by his regular band Blues Response Unit, the songs on The Road are still treated to full band arrangements, a sound that could easily fill concert auditoriums and festival fields around the country.

Written and recorded over a four and a half year period, the songs feel somewhat ‘broken-in’ as if they’ve seen some of that long road already. Recorded at the Old Tannery Studio and surrounded by a good team, including Colin Austin who co-produces the album, Chris Grant sees this project as a ‘labour of love’ and some of that toil has now resulted in some soulful songs including “Broken, I Can Change” and “Don’t Go Yet”, each of which have the potential to be around for some time.