June 30, 2017
The Savage Radley Releases Debut Album ‘Kudzu’
The band offers an authentic glimpse into Southern life with a distinctive sound
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — June 30, 2017 — There’s an electricity and grit to the songs on Kudzu, the debut album from The Savage Radley, which allows the band to shine a spotlight on Southern culture using an unconventional lens. Releasing today, June 30, the album features classic Southern storytelling throughout, but one thing is certain: this is not throwback country.
The American South and its stomps and twangs have heavily influenced The Savage Radley’s music, but not in the way typically imagined to come out of Kentucky: there is plenty of progressive power withinKudzu. The band’s Delta-infused sound mixes the stories of songwriter Shaina Goodman’s upbringing with electric guitar, pedal steel, piano, and the percussion of former punk drummer and longtime band member S. Knox Montgomery, offering what the band views as another step toward becoming part of a new wave of Southern rock.
The story of a modern-day life in rural America is told throughout Kudzu, kicking off with the guitar-heavy “Gone,” which premiered with Glide Magazine. The fuzzy, fiery “Worm (On Hot Pavement)” kicks up plenty of dust, while “Little River Town” tells the story of Goodman’s grandparents, former sharecroppers who transformed themselves into owners of a large farming operation. “Slough Water” — equal parts piano ballad, folk song and secular gospel tune — finds the singer longing for the muddy, therapeutic water of the Mississippi River. “Milk and Honey” provides the most stripped-down selection on the album, telling its tale of tormented love, which premiered with The Vinyl District. The full album premiered with The Bluegrass Situation.
A Kentucky-raised songwriter and Delta farmer’s daughter, Goodman’s songs are infused with familiar pillars of Southern culture, though differing in scope and sound from the music emanating from nearby country capital of the world. Kudzu was recorded in western Kentucky, with producer Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose, Andrew Combs) traveling from Tennessee to work with the band. This is raw, ragged, rock-influenced roots music, with Goodman singing about the land she knows — a land nearly forgotten, tucked away along the banks of the Mississippi River — in a voice caught halfway between a wail and a warble.
It’s an album about where Goodman is from, stacked with songs that point to where she’s going.