Review: Taddy Porter's 'Stay Golden'

Taddy PorterTaddy Porter
Stay Golden
Primary Wave Music
Producers: Dave Cobb & Mark Neill
Score: 7 out of 10

One of Oklahoma’s finest return with their sophomore effort. The title speaks to remaining true to one’s self in the face of change. And that’s exactly what this band have done—embracing their classic rock roots and, essentially, avoiding convention. Just give a listen to the anthemic ‘60s aesthetic of “Changes” or the spaghetti western meets surf guitar wall of sound on “The Gun (Part 1).” These guys immersed themselves in the culture of Haight Ashbury and the British Invasion groups. Of note are the distinctive vocals of frontman/guitarist Andy Brewer. His style is every bit as unique as luminaries like Johnny Rivers or Alex Chilton. Derivative, yes, but still original and fun!

Eric A. Harabadian