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Chris Stalcup & The Grange – Downhearted Fools – 2016

The 50 Essential Albums of 2016 – The Daily Country

“In a just world, Stalcup’s name should be included amongst the new breed of artists including Isbell, Simpson and Stapleton who are marrying tradition and truth.” Eric Risch – Pop Matters

“With a grizzled voice steeped in realism, Atlanta’s Chris Stalcup is one of the best songwriters America has yet to hear. Pulling no punches, Stalcup’s Saturday night songs tug at blue collar heartstrings with honest emotion.” Magearwig – Bucket Full of Nails

“Downhearted Fools” is a ragged rocker that burns with electricity and hard charging vocals that echoes the Drive by Truckers at their most “Saturday night.” Stalcup offers a set of well worn pipes that speak years beyond his album count, giving the artist a sense of integrity and poignancy.” Glide Magazine

“On his new single, “Downhearted Fools” (taken from his forthcoming record of the same name), Stalcup blends an electrifying barrage of guitar lines and brazenly rustic rhythms into a home for his well-worn, intensely personal narrative… It’s country music that stands outside of time, that relies on experience and geography to establish its rightful ownership. It’s the sound of Southern life turned up to 11 and baptized in the waters of the Mississippi River.”  Joshua Pickard –

“Downhearted Fools” is the kind of track that makes your silent night with friends feel like a somehow hopeful movie—an ounce of heartland rock that gives warmth in collective nostalgia.” Magnet Magazine

“A lonesome but upbeat, steel-guitar-wrapped country-rock ballad that channels everything from Son Volt’s alt-country classic “Windfall” to Car Wheels-era Lucinda Williams to the ragged, wounded croon of Drive-By Trucker Mike Cooley.” – Paste
“Following no format other than rocked out chords and a Nashville session player worthy rhythm section, it’s a rollicking country fan’s diamond in the coal of s**t that is infecting the ears and minds of the masses.” Scott Zuppardo – No Depression

Chris Stalcup & The Grange – Dixie Electric Company – 2014

“They serve Stalcup’s vocal delivery very well, which I can easily pin point as early Mark Kozolek if he had an inspired weekend of Gram Parsons, some whiskey, and some Stax ‘45s. Whether he’s with Chase 56, solo, or with the Grange, it’s damn near impossible to not respect Stalcup’s dedication and love for the music he makes. There is real heartbreak there, whether his or those around him, and he definitely uses his songs as an outlet for that.” Scott Zupardo – No Depression

“Bandcamp is a tremendous resource for new music. I searched for Americana on Bandcamp and one of the results was Dixie Electric Co. by Chris Stalcup and The Grange. Some folks might call this alt-country. I think that takes away from the rock incorporated into this band’s sound. This is real country mixed with rock. The vocals at times remind me of Cooley from Drive-By Truckers. I think it’s safe to say that if you like Drive-By Truckers, you’ll like this band, although Stalcup and his band are a lot more twangy than DBT is currently. I especially recommend “Pawnshop.” IncognitoMMM – Incognito Magazine

“Slogging out rugged, honest and hurting’ country rock that as times sparks fond echoes of Mike Cooley’s contributions to the Truckers, Chris Stalcup & The Grange are out with a pretty darn fine new album, Dixie Electric Company. Longtime Atlanta music fans will certainly recognize a few familiar faces in the lineup. Not concerned with exclusively playing the “cool” venues, you can regularly find Stalcup and co. performing for the unwashed at all manner of small-town drinkin’ holes and time-warp dive bars in the OTP outskirts of town. Gotta love that.” Jeff Clark – Stomp and Stammer

“Chris Stalcup & the Grange brought professionalism and a finely aged whiskey sound to the Back Porch that pulled folks of a broad demographic out of the wood works for a fine night of moonshine, fun, and dancin’.” Sugarlands Distilling Co.


Chase Fifty Six – Allatoona Rising – 2010


Best Songs of 2010 – Mary Jane


Review: Chase Fifty Six – Allatoona Rising

“…this freaking thing is going to make my top 10 for 2010, no doubt.”…”Allatoona Rising” has twelve tracks that will have you itching for a trip down south.”…”This band is versatile as all hell with their ability to make some really pretty love songs and some really pissed off songs about what happens when all that junk doesn’t work out”…”this is one of those albums that you can put on and listen to all the way through. No need to skip a track here or there, pure entertainment from start to finish.” Brain – Front Porch Musings Album of the year 2010

“Chase Fifty Six is a Georgia band that plays Georgia rock, a perfect blend of unapologetic country lyrics, dirty rock and roll guitars, and vocal deliveries that leave no doubt that the singer has lived the words he’s singing. Their latest album, Allatoona Rising, out on Dirtleg Records, is packed with eleven such examples. Stories about useless women, trailer parks, and love, sometimes all in the same song, are common themes on the album. I’ll be catching Chase Fifty Six if they ever make it close enough.” In My Basement Room – In My Basement Room

“Chase Fifty Six from Georgia is one of the best groups that I’ve found through Reviewshine. I was about halfway though the first song Mary Jane when I knew that I was going to like them. It just sounded like my kind of music and that certainly proved to be the case. A bit of rockin’ alt. country like Drive-By Truckers and another bit of moodier folk rock and americana like NQ Arbuckle for example and a whole lot of damn good songs. The finest half of Allatoona Rising is just stunning and songs such as Mary Jane, Goodbye Princess, Let It Go aren’t overshadowed by any of the higher profile and higher budget americana releases of the year. After a couple more listenings I probably feel bad that I didn’t throw in one half of a heart more, because I’m already thinking about it..” One Chord – One Chord To Another

“I like the guys in Chase Fifty Six. I like the fact that they responded so promptly to my emailed request for a copy of their new Allatoona Rising CD after I discovered it via a post on the Nine Bullets weblog. I like the fact that, minutes after I debuted the excellent song “Mary Jane” on TMM, they shot me an email of gratitude. Jeez. They even posted fifty-five seconds of today’s show on their website and their MySpace. More than that, I like the fact that Chase Fifty Six make good music.” Scott Foley – Routes and Branches

“Reminds me of early (think Southern Rock Opera and backwards) Drive-By Truckers with only Cooley singing.” Autopsy IV – Creative Loafing