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News and reviews for The Bright Spots

 “The production is sumptuous. No one makes records like Randall Bramblett.” – Tom Clarke, ElmoreRandall Bramlett The Bright Spots
See full article: Elmore, July 2013 Print Edition

 “The songs of The Bright Spots are populated with saints and devils, peppered with spooky incantations that conjure swampy highways and dark water creeks. There are spirits in the water, the fields are moaning. The sense of place is so strong that it is a lively, living entity, seeping and breathing its way into each song. This produces an atmospheric, waking dream characteristic to the collection.” – Tom Speed, Honest Tune
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“Bramblett’s  becoming more well known, a situation that became especially evident when he penned the leadoff track on the last Bonnie Raitt album.   While the (Bright Spots) album’s influences can be traced easily enough, Bramblett’s songwriting isn’t steeped in nostalgia or revivalism.  In fact, for a veteran player, his approach is unflinchingly up-to-date.”  - Tony Sclafani, Hittin’ the Note
See full article: Hittin’ the Note

“Georgia-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has energized work by Robbie Robertson, Steve Winwood and Gregg Allman; his latest solo album takes his source material — all kinds of gutbucket American music — and runs it through daring production techniques. - Jon M. Gilbertson, Milwaukee
See full article: JS Online

 “The Bright Spots is a sublime glance at how Bramblett rolls… It’s Southern. It rocks.” – Walter Tunis, Kentucky.com
See full article: The Musical Box

 “The end result of all this is a cool album that combines the vibe of a real-as-hell vintage soulman with modern musical ideas. You could listen to The Bright Spots all night, baby.” - Brian Robbins, jambands.com
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 “Randall Bramblett has a brand new CD out, The Bright Spots, and like everything Bramblett does it is skillful, soulful, and bound to resonate with listeners. It reflects his heartfelt and often profound songwriting as well as his roots in soul, gospel, blues, and rock… Every song was obviously written by a man who knows who he is.” – Rhetta Akamatsu, Blog Critics
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 “A jewel of Southern music, Randall Bramblett shines on his latest release, The Bright Spots, due out May 14 on New West Records. Fresh off the inclusion of one of his songs on Bonnie Raitt’s Grammy-winning album Slipstream, he has put together a masterful recording soaked with the soulful feel that has defined his music and that of his Southern contemporaries like Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes. From Howlin’ Wolf to Ray Charles and “dark Motown” influences, sitar samples, gospel strains and even a snippet of water-splashing pygmies, The Bright Spots mixes diverse elements that dovetail into Randall’s finest album yet.” – Randy Patterson, Boomerocity
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 “The musical career of Randall Bramblett has spanned more than 35 years, but the local multi-instrumentalist and songwriter keeps stepping toward new territory with every new album. Bramblett’s latest, The Bright Spots, recorded near Athens and in Nashville and due out May 14 on New West Records, finds him in an experimental mood. An expressive and dynamic collection of blues, soul, classic pop and rock and roll, The Bright Spots touches on some of Bramblett’s usual styles, but the odd instrumentation and arrangements occasionally veer far outside of his usual comfort zone.” - T. Ballard Lesemann, Flagpole

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 “The Bright Spots illuminates the darndest things from Randall Bramblett. Diverse bits and pieces of sound come together under the soulful southern banner that trademarks the man’s work. Though happy with his Southern Rock resume, Mr. Bramblett states that “Black music is what I grew up loving and the folk scene really hit me too. So it’s a combination of Dylan and Ray Charles.” The Bright Spots shines in the glory of sunny day horns (“My Darling One”), chicken shack gut punch blues (“Whatever That Is”), swamp soul (“Trying to Steal a Minute”) and a cascade of rhythm, keyboards and airborne guitar chords (“All Is Well”). Randall Bramblett draws from long term experiences on The Bright Spots, searching through musical history back to his 1970’s work with Sea Level, 16 years with Steve Winwood and work with Gregg Allman, Govt. Mule, Levon Helm, Chuck Leavell and Widespread Panic.” - The Alternate Ro

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See full article: The Alternate Root

 “If there’s a lovelier song around than this 30A Songwriters Festival veteran’s “Darling One,” I’d sure like to know about it. Elsewhere, the well-traveled Bramblett proves he’s the king of raspy-voiced singers—unlike the many youngsters that ape the style, Bramblett never makes it sound forced. And he writes better than all of them put together.” – Chris Manson
See full article: The Beachcomber

 “He has always been able to craft a song and his lyrics can be incisive, reflective, beautiful in places, and even tell a story. “John the Baptist,” with its pulsating rhythms, and “Shine,” which has a church choir feel, both fall within the Southern Gospel tradition. “Whatever That Is” flirts with the blues and allows him to show off as an instrumentalist. “’Til the Party’s All Gone” has some smooth funky rhythms while “Detox Bracelet” is a meditative and keyboard-driven ballad. Bramblett is a mature musician who has a lot of miles and songs under his belt. As such, he knows how to create and put together an album. He does not try to overextend himself but rather remains true to what he does best and that is to create soulful music from a Southern perspective. The Bright Spots finds him in his comfort zone, which is a treat for anyone willing to give his latest album a listen.” – David Bowling, Blog Critic
See full article: Blog Critics

 “Elements of pop, soul, blues, and the sounds of the church combine with Randall’s often wistful, beautifully conceived lyrics on these dozen ruminative, roots-based tunes.” – The Intelligencer
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