Two songs into Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition’s debut album Incommunicado and it’s easy to see where the comparisons to Mike McClure and Cody Canada have come from. There’s certainly a rock-n-roll attitude to “Scratch” and “Straight To Hell” that also shows up on “Full Throttle” and “August Sun” and the brooding closer “Oklahoma Moon.” These Red Dirt Rockers showcase full-bodied tunes that embody the phrase ‘spirited.’ They’re bluesy, soulful and are only matched by the ballads on the album, songs like steel-drenched story song “Paris” and “Only Girl,” a song with a hook so good that I’m wondering when mainstream country music will take a shine to an act like Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition.
Incommunicado is the kind of album that defies genre classifications yet fits comfortably in country, rock, soul, blues and the Red Dirt/Texas Music scenes. It’s a blended brand of American Music that is easy to call country rock and soul, the kind of songs that rock you in once instance and shake you to the core of your soul the next. It’s that good.