Neil Carswell is the singer well-known as the former front man of the Southern rock band “Copperhead.” Accomplished both on stage and in the studio, Neil’s career includes national touring and the release of the 1992 Copperhead album for PolyGram/Mercury records produced by legendary producer, the late Tom Dowd. Although Copperhead had major national success, it disbanded in 1995. Fans of the hard rockin’ southern band still follow Neil’s career and will be pleasantly surprised at the metamorphosis of this artist and his two solo releases “Good Man’s Journey” and “Keep You Guessing.”
Carswell has that roughly hewn southern whiskey vocal style that makes all the words come across with maximum impact. I mean you can really ‘feel’ it when he sings. He has a little help from his friends too. Johnny Neel (keyboards, Allman Bros.), Barry Goudreau (guitar, Boston), Stu Kimball (guitar, Bob Dylan), and Chris Anderson (guitar, The Outlaws), lend their experience and tasteful playing to the mix.
Carswell embraces his influences and brings them to the forefront. By never straying away from the original sound of the genre “Keep You Guessing” becomes a refreshing and easy CD to listen to for you true southern rockers out there
Neil has the kind of power in his voice that brings to mind Gregg Allman, Jon Bon Jovi, and Travis Tritt. He has the blues when he wants to (and when he doesn’t want it) … and he can rock things up.
In the liner notes to Good Man’s Journey, Neil Carswell writes that his music combines “a heavy-metal approach with a back-porch vibe.” I couldn’t have described the man’s down-home sound better myself.
The buzzing guitar sound is cool, and this man sings with plenty of grit and fire. This is the second time we’ve encountered this distinctive stylist, and I’m even more impressed than I was the first time around.
Neil sounds right at home singing a ballad or a hard hitting rock song with a voice that is strong and yet beautiful. This CD will be enjoyed by fans of Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and even Bon
Wow, what a song! By now everyone knows of my weakness for hard driving country music, and Altar Call is just that – part narrative and part singing, with exceptional production work along with a hook that would get even the toughest country listeners attention this song is sure to deliver with a sound that should be heard more in Christian Country music.
Altar Call: The swampy guitar work is cool. The contrast between his deep-baritone, Southern-fried speaking voice and his feathery, raspy high tenor singing voice is kinda freaky. But definitely ear catching. Strangely soulful.
Solo album from the frontman of Southern Rock band ‘Copperhead’ and draws you to his attention from the start with ‘The Cain Preacher’ and keeps you there throughout with his real life stories about livin’ in the South.
Southern Rock music with a spiritual side. The songs are set mostly against a backdrop of melodic melodies along with elements of Blues. Don’t get me wrong you’ll hear some rocking tracks on this release like the opening one, “The Cain Preacher” with it heavy drumming and rocking guitars.
Carswell isn’t out to reinvent the wheel or put a spin on what southern rock is and was, but rather he embraces his influences and brings them to the forefront. By never straying away from the original sound of the genre this album becomes a refreshing and easy one to listen to for you true southern rockers out there.