Doug Gray - Soul Of The South

The last remaining piece of un-released material from the original members of The Marshall Tucker Band, Soul of the South is an interesting look into what might have been had Doug Gray went for the pop/soul solo stuff featured here.

It’s a very interesting look into a ‘long-lost’ recording from an era that was heavy on synthesized keyboards and features some interesting songs including “Who” written by Roger Cook (“I Just Wanna Dance With You”) and Earl Bud Lee (who would years later write “Friends in Low Places” and “Who Are You When I’m Not Lookin’).  80’s country heavyweight songwriters Randy Goodrum and DaveLoggins contribute “Don’t Blame It On The Roain” while a then-unknown Michael Bolton contributed the power ballad “Still Thinking of You.”  A piece of Marshall Tucker Band lore, Soul of the South was recorded for major label deal that was later turned down in 1981 and thus, the sessions were never completed, leaving these eight recordings.  For people who love the Marshall Tucker Band, this is likely a must have and for people who like 1980s pop and R&B, you may dig this record as well.  It’s a quality endeavor and as the last remaining unreleased sides from Marshall Tucker Band members, it’s an interesting historical document as well.

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