Stash (from the album Stash (Walk the Walk) available on Ted Russell Kamp/PoMo Records) (by Lee Zimmerman)
Stash could be considered a supergroup of sorts. The trio consists of drummer and co-producer Joey Peters (formerly of Grant Lee Buffalo and Cracker), bassist, singer, and co-producer Ted Russell Kamp (a member of Shooter Jennings’ band and a superb solo artist in his own right) and guitarist, mandolin player, keyboardist, and co- producer Rich McCulley. All astute rockers in their own right but as a combined unit they vary the template to enough of a degree where exact categorization is a difficult thing to define.
Given their outlaw attitude — as evidenced by songs such as “Sweet Salvation of the Dawn”, “Catch Me If You Can”, and “Ain’t That Kind of Man” — they frequently purvey a dark and defiant Everyman persona, one with a distant kinship to Waylon Jennings, Haggard, and Kristofferson in their sulking, slightly sinister point of view. So too, the swaying ballad “By Your Side” shows that sentiment is sometimes imbued into their overall attitude.
Still, in listening to the band’s debut, Walk the Walk, one gets the feeling that there’s really no need to dig any deeper. The driving rhythms and resolute riffing more or less frame a harder edge, as revealed through edgier entries like “Smoke and Mirrors”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “You’re the One”, and “One Track Mind”. In fact, one would be hard pressed not to come to the conclusion that Stash is one rollicking ensemble, any kind of stoic stance aside.
That said, the best track the album has to offer is “Into the Sunset”, a deliberate and decisive entry that gets to the core of their insurgent attitude. It offers the impression that indeed, Stash rock with a purpose, even if they’re forced to adjust their efforts while making their presence known.
Hopefully, this threesome will make more time outside their individual outings to further develop their combined sound and synergy. If so, then Walk the Walk might mark the starting point of a journey that’s yet to reach its conclusion. Further endeavors will hopefully find them honing in on a definitive sound, and gleaning more from the reservoir where this particular Sash was brewed. (By Lee Zimmerman)
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