Stacie Collins: Roll The Dice

Fifth album from no-nonsense Nashville rocker.

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Acclaimed by peers from such boogie-loving southern luminaries as The Georgia Satellites and Jason & The Scorchers, you can imagine this Tennessee Americana-rocker and her band delighting club crowds with her brand of no-frills, good-time rock’n’roll.

And at times on this new studio album, she blends country wit with rock’n’roll heart in a way that stands out, as on King Of Rock’s gutsy twang. Gonna Fly also recalls Sheryl Crow in its laid-back, effortlessly infectious country pop.

Elsewhere, though, while originality isn’t an essential requirement for this kind of music, the lack of distinctive traits in her music lets it down. I mean, how many thousands of bar bands have written a song called Keep Rollin’? And I dare say you can guess what this one sounds like before you hear it.

Johnny Sharp

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock