American Bang is comprised of a wildly talented gang of young rock ‘n rollers who’ve been playing together in assorted combinations all their lives. After many incarnations of local bands, all four members — Johnston, lead guitarist Ben Brown, bassist Kelby Ray, and drummer Neil Mason — came of age musically as students of rock ‘n roll in the heart of Music City, which has paid off in the group’s confident sense of song craft.
The Nashville rocker’s self-titled, loud, sexy, and soulful major-label debut album is a memorable and melodic introduction to the rock group. The album, produced by the legendary Bob Rock, successfully captures all the amazing grace and guts of their deep musical roots and Southern accent. From the pounding and gritty opening of “Whiskey Walk,” to the instantly anthemic “Wild & Young,” to the messy, Stonesy romance of “Hurts Like Hell,” it’s clear that American Bang shoots straight at the heart of great American rock ‘n roll.
Whiskey Walk” Audio: