In keeping with their established modus operandi of releasing an album every 6 years or so, it seems that Tennessee rock ‘n roll outlaws Cold Truth are right on time as they have just recently unleashed their third slab of classic rock goodness entitled Grindstone.
Look, if this was a perfect world, this blazing, hardworking blue collar rocking quartet would be releasing a new album every year and touring world stages non-stop to critical acclaim. Thane Shearon (vocals, guitar), Kurt Menck (guitars), Abe White (bass) and Matt Green (drums) are flat out the real deal and have been since 2003 and let me tell youGrindstone is well worth the wait. These guys know what it takes to write searing, no frills, kick ass rock ‘n roll songs and they have more melodies and hooks up their sleeve than you’ll find down at the local bait and tackle shop. They come flying out of the gates with the killer opening track “Livin’ Hard”, which sets the tone right from the get go and doesn’t let up for the next hour or so as they jam the hammer down, taking the listener on a twelve song tour de-force that encompasses everything you love about classic / southern tinged rock ‘n roll. There are highlights a-plenty here as once again they do a fabulous job of blending straight up, beer raising, hog riding anthems like “Where The Music Takes Me”, “No Sleep ‘Til Sturgis”, “Keep Your Hands On The Wheel” and “Give It Time” (which features some great backing vocals courtesy of Bekka Bramlett), with the bluesy, slow burn of the title track, “The Long White Line” and the kick ass patriotic closing track “Free Man”.
Every time I slap one of Cold Truth’s discs into my CD player (yeah I still have one of those) I swear it instantly makes me yearn for long hot summer days, cold beer and the smell of good old fashioned BBQ. They may not be the most prolific bunch as far as recorded output goes, but I’ll be damned if Grindstone isn’t the perfect proof that quality trumps quantity every time, and more importantly, that the good things in life are always worth waiting for. All you gotta do is crank it loud ‘n proud!
-Ryan “Livin’ Hard” Sparks
Awesome Southern Rockers from Murfreesboro, Tennessee who have some deep rooted elements of Free & Bad Company both musically and vocally but have also carved out their own mark on the outstanding Dixie sound that can only come from artists who live and breathe the sound and experience of living in these parts of the USA.
13 is definitely a lucky number for these guys as every single song is an absolute joy to take in with a great deal of stand-out songs that include ‘Shakedown’ where he’ll be waiting by the county line; ‘Cold As Hell’; ‘If That Ain’t Enough’ with Ed King on slide guitar that also has wonderful bv’s from Nancy Roark; the incredible ballad ‘Peace With Me’ that reminds me of ‘Ride On’ by AC/DC and even This Flight Tonight by Nazareth.
Then there’s the later Skynyrd like ‘This Time’, which you’ll agree when you hear the opening riff and chorus section about taking things when they are offered because they don’t last long or the fast ‘n’ tonkin’ ‘Payin Dues’ and the closing ballad ‘Light My Way’.
One hell of an amazing band that I feel proud in hearing and reviewing.
Metalliville Magazine Review (U.K.)
By: Glenn Milligan
No, good old rock music is not dead! It took 6 damn long years, but now the great quartet from Nashville that had inspired us so much with their 2003 debut, are back – finally! Straightforward, 70s-based Classic Guitar riff-rock at its best: honest, simple and straight on. Cold Truth continues today where Paul Rodgers and Bad Company left off. Two guitars, bass, drums and an excellent singer (Thane Shearon’s great pipes and his way to sing are exactly on the edge between David Coverdale and Paul Rodgers, with a slight tendency to the latter), it doesn’t take more to light the Rock-n-Roll fire and Cold truth is ablaze! For many years the guys have played together in the same instrumentation. In their home country they are respected rock veterans with a large group of fans on their side. The songs are definitely hard, always straightforward and tight, but at the same time known for the brilliant melody. This is classic rock at its best – simple (in the most positive sense), pounding, straight to the point without any rubbish, packed with animalistic riffs and fat guitars (including great solos of the wonderful lead guitarist Kurt Menck), catchy, inspired, simply exquisite!
The opener “Cold as Hell” reinstates the golden days of Bad Company’s first two albums, without even trying to sound like a copy of the old heroes around Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke & Co. They rather seem to consistently and full of natural implicitness transport their musical philosophies with the help of their indisputable musical talents into today’s day and age. That works just fabulously! Edgy, cracking riffs, earthy, spicy, fat electronic guitar hooks, a great lead solo and Shearon’s soulful vocals – that’s pure rock pleasure! Continuing with the dynamic “Diesel,” and boiling “Highway-Burner,” that pours out of the speakers like a groovy “Bad Company goes South”- smash-hit. Sometimes sounds like Jacksonville’s Big Engine and Sammy Hagar. Steaming electronic guitars, a straightforward rock-riff-boogie-rhythm, great vocals – that’s how it continues on: from “If That Ain’t Enough” with its wonderful glowing sidelines from guest guitarist Ed King (that’s the kind of song that Paul Rodgers would like to write nowadays) to the glorious hooks on “Set Me Free,” the wonderful melody of “Peace with Me” (if Whitesnake would have written it during their high time, it would have probably become a monster hit for Coverdale’s troop), all the way to excellent rock ballad “Light My Way” (sounds like typical Bad Company material), that ends the album after 55 minutes as strongly as it had started. At their debut we pointed out already, that this band does not seem to worry about trends, Cold Truth celebrates timeless rock music without curlicues. It has substance, class and is really entertaining. In 2003 they got full points from us for their debut, the same applies today for “Do Whatcha Do” – long live Rock-n-Roll!
Barchen Music Review(Germany)
People, put a towel in front of your mouth, its coming hard-bone hard. And I’m still looking – for the superfluous note. This riff-based hard rock doesn’t take any prisoners.
Since the first album from "Cold Truth" in 2003, now there’s number two– after six years! Matt Green, the drummer: "No, we don't have a record company, which is one of the reasons it took so long for the second release." Can you believe that? The neighbors of Earl Slick Band (hard rock Northern version of LYNYRD SKYNYRD, whose own CDs are now available on a double CD), the legitimate heirs of BAD COMPANY, the great-grandson of FREE – and no record label? O tempora, o mores (Latin: "Where should that lead to?”).
They hope at least, with the help from TSM Promotions to get the ball rolling on a tour with gigs in Europe.
The sound, like I said is self-produced, gruff and raw - so raw, that in some parts one wishes for more sound from the rhythm guitar and especially from the drums (it sometimes sounds, especially the first two songs, as if someone is beating on a piece of wood). All the same the 13 songs are, patterned in a classic rock manner, without blemish and reprimand.
In most cases the guitar leads the songs with a short, cantankerous riff, rhythm section and the singer extraordinaire elevating the voice, and off it goes. Whereas especially on the first tracks only a guitar plays the riff - very basic.
“Cold As Hell” is – of course, by its title - a love-gone-wrong song. Here we see CT's recipe: A riff till the midsection, then the riff changes almost unrecognizably, and at the end back to which it had originally started. Short changes of the riffs, the guitar is faded out by bass und drums till the end. The guys on the atmospherically, very good cover, hang as loose and relaxed as on a jam session - and so is the music. That doesn’t mean, however, unimaginatively!
A shuffle – “Diesel” – is as follows: "In the early early morning diesel fills the air - gotta get these wheels a-rollin movin' outta here - 500 horses revved up and ready to go … nothing can stop the show; I guess it's in my blood - it is the diesel that I love." In the midsection, again the riff changes, the bass pumps the track to the next level and again back to the beginning; and all of that in a minute bridge.
“If That Ain't Enough” is lead by a long, stretched riff, Thane Shearon laments "Seems like there's something wrong here, we said we would be here forever ... I can't seem to figure it out." There is a background singer, and before you know it, creeps the slide; two three tones at first, and the hair on the back of your neck stands. Then the wonderfully soft slide solo, the background-chorus accompanies the slide at the end of the solo – a swan song – my God, who is playing that? Booklet … Ed King. ED KING? Yeah, exactly, THE Ed King, nearly sole survivor from SKYNYRD’s early days refines this track and graces the boys with his knightly presence.
“Gimme Some” is heavier, two opposing rhythm guitars, a party-boogie model "Saw her standing there in the corner with a drink in her hand ... she looked at me, I said - You are thinking to much ... you got that 'Look but don't touch' ... you can't take it with you baby, you got to love someone ... you got love to give, baby, you gotta gimme some..." --- Guitar Solo --- "I think it's your love that's driving me mad."
“Set Me Free” is yet another up-tempo-road-song, "I was made for the highway burning that midnight oil". In the bridge it becomes slower, again a slide, this time from Kurt Menck. The solo is preluded by a short bridge, that is borrowed from Bob Seger ("Live Bullet," Travelin' Man) – a nice two-second referrence to a role model. Then Thane comes with dark moments – a slow love song, and here one sees the complete mastery of this special singer – one with his raw timbre as shouter that is exactly as good with the slower more emotional pieces. Paul Rodgers, if you play Power Pop with your new backing band QUEEN, he would easily de-throne you.
And so it goes, classic, diversified, dynamic Hard/Blues/Boogie/Riff-Rock at its best, presented by a prominent team, and not a single flaw or failure. Who likes the bands listed above, THE ANSWER or JADED SUN, should also feel comfortable here. For this, we’d wait another six years.
Home of Rock Magazine Review (Germany)
Tennessee based rockers, Cold Truth return with their long awaited sophomore release, 'Do Whatcha Do'. If you are in the mood, or plain out appreciate, killer guitar riffs, great vocals, and a tight rhythm unit, all packaged in some 70's style rock n roll, then this is the album for you. Wow! Talk about a tour de force guitar album, this is just that. Cold Truth is powered by Thane Shearon on vocals and Rhythm guitar, Abe White on bass, Kurt Menck on lead and rhythm guitar and on drums, Matt Green. Cold Truth is a good example of pure heartfelt unadulterated quality rock. For its style the musicianship and singing is top notch although some songs are stronger than others overall I think it's great. 'Do Whatcha Do' flows from track to track very well with songs that complement each other nicely. These guys remind me of bands like Free, Bad Company and even Cry Of Love. From the opening mover, "Cold As Hell, you are treated to all the wonderful elements one comes to expect from a solid rock and roll band. The second track, "Diesel", has the same tension and anticipation to it; except this time, Menck and Shearon maintains a steady funk strut before they both let it rip. Tracks like "If That Ain't Enough", "This Time", "Shakedown", and "Whisper To Me", all deliver great performances from the entire band and guaranteed to move your soul. Then you have the passionate vocals track from singer Thane Shearon on "Light My Way" that are mind-blowing. When it comes down to it, It's all about the passion and soul here, and the undying spirit of rock 'n' roll. With this release Cold Truth have truly delivered the goods. 'Do Whatcha Do' is a solid album through and through, and one that all classic rock fans will without a doubt enjoy. Cold Truth gets my vote for being one of top rock bands to come out in the new millennium. Plenty of bluesy soul mixed with good old fashioned hard rock. A must buy. If you can't afford it, it's even worth stealing money from your granny's purse. Do Whatcha Do' is a solid album through and through, and one that all classic rock fans will without a doubt enjoy.
All Access Magazine Review
What constitutes classic rock? We will refer to a periodical of the same name to try and define this overused generalization. Their recent issue is covered with references to acts as diverse as Anthrax, Led Zeppelin and The Sisters of Mercy, so no clues here but whatever defines a Classic Rock band you can bet your life that Cold Truth will be listed among its exponents.
There is an often used scenario in the movie world, where the hero/heroine of the story takes refuge in a run down bar frequented by hardened bikers/truckers types who come to their rescue, thwarting the bad guys. As the ruckus ensues in our played out movie scene, the house band play on, this would be Cold Truth.
They play what I would call jeans and trainers rock (sorry, sneakers, for our colonial friends) i.e. no nonsense, no pomp or unnecessary hype here, just turn up and nail it. Lyrically, this Nashville four piece could have given the now defunct Thunder a run for their money with their blues inspired rock sound with songs about lost love, hard living and mechanical ecstasy.
Tracks like Diesel and Shakedown give you a real sense of life in the Southern reaches of the US with its heritage and unique outlook on, I can only describe them as a whole chunk of Lynyrd Skynyrd or Black Stone Cherry with a slight twist off ZZ Top for good measure, it’s a fine CD that shows that what tag you assign to this music, it will still deliver long into the future regardless of whether the mass media perceives it.
Since the beginning of 2009 I've had a lot of homegrown independent American rock bands cross my review desk. By far, Nashville's Cold Truth is one of the best. Do Whatcha Do, their first album since 2003, is a brilliant collection of blues laced, southern tinged, melodic hard rock.
Cold Truth is also a bit old school with a sound that dates them 30 years. But that is a very good thing: think early Bad Company made crisper and more invigorating for the new millennium. Vocalist Thane Shearon has that earthy and raspy delivery that would make Paul Rodgers blush for joining Queen. But Cold Truth is the real deal, and their style of music should never go out of style.
Do Whatcha Do is thick with strong riffs, versatile vocal performances and arrangements, creative guitar solos, and a deep, resonant rhythm section. All this is within well built song compositions which upstart and mature bands alike long for. Oh yeah, Cold Truth knows how to turn a lyric, too. The words are coherent, intelligent and quite often create magnificent audio visualizations as on 'Shakedown.' (Maybe that comes from being in Nashville where good songwriters abound.)
Musically, don't fret or be put off by the whole southern or Nashville motif. Cold Truth is not twangy, cookie cutter, next-big-Nashville-corporation thing that sucks the inspirational air out of a room. This is Allman Brothers through Black Crowes and on to Black Stone Cherry. When Cold Truth rocks, they rock: Diesel, Gimme Some, or Shakedown. When they want blues, you get the blues: Together, Light My Way, Peace With Me, or If That Ain't Enough. And it's all quite impressive: I'm a fan.
Cold Truth is another well-kept American secret that should be shouted from the rooftops. Do Whatcha Do is great, blues rich, melodic hard rock that should not go unnoticed. Consider yourself a pauper if you do not find this excellent work. Highly recommended.
Danger Dog Review 06.07.2009
Cold Truth comes from Nashville, Tennessee, and I discovered this band some years ago when they released their debut album. Not long ago their second effort Do Watcha Do landed in my post. From the first time I heard this band I fell for their unique blend of classic rock and southern rock. On the new disc they continues their fine work from the debut, and all the thirteen songs is well arranged, composed and performed on such a way that fans of classic rock and southern rock really have a goody to buy. Cold As Hell opens the disc and from the first moment they manage to take me back to the best moments from bands like Bad Company and Free. The vocals from Thane Shearon have the exact right soaring touch that brings the songs up to a high level! Diesel is a faster rock track with a cool melody and a fine rememberable chorus. The instrumentation is also cool with nice details from each member.
If That Ain`t Enough takes the tempo down a bit, a song with a very good melody and I also like the female voice in this. The guitars in Gimme Some are really cool, and this is one of these songs where my body automatically starts to move: a great song! Set Me Free continues this fine rocking album while the next Peace With Me slows the tempo down a bit, and what a fine song this is! The melody is beautiful and the song reaches the top in the chorus parts. Shakedown starts with great guitars before the vocals enter the song. The song kicks off with a steady and tight rock rhythm and the guitar solo in this is really cool. Together opens with drums and bass before the guitar and vocals enter the song. A straightforward rock song, but also here they manage to keep me entertained with a nice melody, good vocals and an easy rememberable chorus. This Time and Finding The Way continues this great rock album, while Whisper To Me is a more laid back song with an almost acoustical touch. A great melody is one of the finest on the album and with a really nice chorus. Payin Dues and Light My Wayends the new album from Cold Truth, and if you’re a fan of classic rock and southern rock I recommend this album on the strongest!!
Melodic Hard Rock Today Review
Harkening back to a time when music wasn’t as compartmentalized or bogged down with pointless marketing clichés comes Cold Truth, a good old fashioned kick ass band straight out of America’s backwoods.
On their second album Do Whatcha Do this seasoned quartet from Murfreesboro Tennessee does exactly that, delivering thirteen high octane tracks in a straight ahead, no frills classic rock style that’s guaranteed to make you believe in the healing powers of rock ‘n roll once again . The band has concocted a winning formula by serving up a hearty dose of bluesy mid tempo rockers mixed with quieter introspective numbers.
Whether they’re tearing up the white lines on the highway with “Diesel” and “Payin’ Dues” or getting low down and dirty on a track like “Shakedown”, the heavy guitars, soaring harmonies and killer vocals are a winning combination that will have you hooked right from the onset. The bottom end which is held down formidably by bassist Abe White and drummer Matt Green allows guitarist Kurt Menck plenty of space to fire off his impressive arsenal of tasty riffs and melodic leads. Vocalist Thane Shearon is the man out front and this guy can just flat out sing as he belts his way through the rough & tumble attitude of “Cold As Hell” and “Gimme Some” with remarkable ease. However, on slower numbers “Peace With Me” and the brilliant closing number “Light My Way” his voice resonates with a natural timbre and soulful emotion that many singers would die for.
There isn’t one ounce of filler on this baby. Every single cut on Do Whatcha Do is an anthem celebrating the glory days of the gritty sounds of 70’s bands like Free and Humble Pie. If you dig the music featured here on Classic Rock Revisited then I’d strongly urge you to get behind these guys and pick up a copy of Do Whatcha Do pronto, because Cold Truth is keeping the flame alive!
Review by Ryan Sparks
Classic Rock Revisited
Loping out of Nashville with the easy grace of those comfortable in what they have wrought, come Cold Truth. Imagine an amalgam of Bad Company, Wild Horses, a grittier Cry of Love, all wrapped up with a touch of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the latter quality particularly evident in Abe White's very Leon Wilkinson style bass lines.
"Break of a New Day" is Mick Ralph's just-so guitar swagger from lead guitarist Kurt Menck, with a vocal in the classic Paul Rodgers mode from Thane Shearon, though in the upper areas of his range he is more akin to Wild Horses' John Levesque.
"In Her Groove" is AC/DC with four flat tires on a muddy road with a dumb ass chorus that is built for roaring along to, whilst their cover of "Fire and Water" is both a homage and a statement of intent. "Easy" a hymn to chest-beating pain is akin to the Exiles (anybody else recall? Oh well!) with Shearon crooning a la that band's Paul Rafferty, though on the reflective "The War" he is closer to Johnny Van Zant.
Cold Truth are, to liberate a phrase, tight but loose in the approved manner and labels should be knocking on their door with cheque books at the ready. Cold Truth has class.
Review by Andrew Paul
(July 10, 2005)
Cold Truth comes from Nashville, Tennessee. I received their selftitled debut album a while ago. Cold Truth's debut is an independent release and why this band is yet unsigned is for me unbelievable. Their music is bluesy hardrock with influences from the 70s. I have been a fan of Bad Company for many years and when I heard Cold Truth's album for the first time, it reminded me of Bad Company, Free and also with some influences with bands in the 80s and 90s like Black Crowes and Thunder and Quireboys. There are not so many bands today who handle this style as these 70s bands did, but Cold Truth is definitely the best example I've heard in many years. This is quality music with very good production and 10 great songs with a huge sense of feeling. I don't know exactly how many times I've heard this album, but i have become a big fan of Cold Truth's bluesy hard rock, it really kicks!!
Vocalist and guitarist, Thane Shearon, is really a great singer, his voice suits Cold Truth's songs perfectly. Both the guitarists, Thane and Kurt Menck, do a great job with solos and rhythm parts, and it's fun to hear them with the sound of the 70s on their guitars. Another thing I noticed is the drum sound from Matt Green, this is not a drum machine, but real drums with a huge sound. Bass player Abe White makes the band complete and also his playing you will take notice of, just listen to the bass and drum parts on the songs you will know what i mean. If you are a big fan of the 70s hard rock with some blues elements, I will say that this album is a must. The only band this year who I think match Cold Truth musically is the British band Thunder. Cold Truth has written all the songs themselves, except the cover of Fire and Water, who is originally written by Fraser and Rodgers. They have also produced the album themselves, together with Michael St. Leon. I must say I am impressed of the songs from Cold Truth. To think about that this is an independent release and that this is the debut, it is in my opinion the best album in its genre this year. Since I received this album I have listened to it regularly for a while and now I am totally addicted to their great music! For me this is like to hear Bad Company at their best, but since it has been quiet from them for a while and the albums they have come up with in the past years hasn't been what they used to be, I am glad that Cold Truth can take up this great kind of music and give it new life. With songs like Break of a New Day, In Her Groove and the cover of Fire and Water, they impress me. The songs are filled with perfect vocals, great riffs and technical solos and huge drum and bass guitar sound. Slow Burn and the bit slower song, Easy, together with the ballad The War, are the most impressive songs I've heard in this genre this year. I hope a record company soon will open their eyes for this great band, they absolutely deserve it! It is absolutely a band worth checking out, they really play what i call bluesy hard rock with great feeling.
Review by (2005)
If you like a soulful style of hard rock, then this album is the one to listen to. Cold Truth definitely make their mark serving up a serious style of hard rock that will remind the listener of bands like Bad Company and Humble Pie. Due mostly in part to the built to rock your soul vocals of Thane Shearon, who also plays guitar. He puts everything into the lyrics and it gives all the songs on the album that classic rock and soul factor. Not to overlook the rest of the group, Kurt Menck is an excellent guitarist with quite a bluesy and often calming style to his playing. While drummer Matt Green and bassist Abe White provide the band with a rock solid foundation. There is a great mix of styles on the album, from slower paced ballads like Slow Groove laden, "The War" and "Gravel Road" to heavier rockers like "Break of a New Day", "In Her Groove" and guitar driven mover "Slow Burn". This CD is a great way for any classic rock fan to start listening to Cold Truth. Also the sound quality on this CD is solid. Soulful singing with blues-based guitar riffs is my simple explanation of how this album sounds. Nothing overblown, complicated, or real heavy here. Just great 70s classic rock that will move and groove your soul. This album has to be played loud!
Review by Tony Sison (The Atomic Chaser) (August 26, 2005)
Strong! What the hell is that? WOW, what great rock-rhythms swoosh from your speakers? Is this the new “Bad Company?” No way – “Cold Truth” is the name of this explosive quartet from Nashville, a group of fine musicians that have had a total of over 80 years of experience in rock. Their roots lie clearly within the classic rock music heroes of the 70’s: Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk, Montrose, Free orBad Company. Yes, definitely Bad Company! We wonder if Paul Rodgers has ever heard of Cold Truth? He should have, because these guys continue where Bad Company left off in their best days. More straightforward, more powerful, more honest, straight to the point guitar rock without any razzle-dazzle – simple, rough, energetic, powerful. The music of Cold Truth incorporates and conserves not only the spirit of classical 70’s rock sounds, but it inspires a fresh spark.
All songs spray of power, joy and heart, they never lose their catchy tunes and their extraordinarily good melodies. Full of guitars everywhere, fat, smoking solos of the lead guitarist Kurt Menck, a perfectly powerful, competent rhythm section around bassist Abe White and drummer Matt Green, as well as the magnificent inspiring power voice of the great singer Thane Shearon. The guy sounds like a perfect blend between Paul Rodgers and Sammy Hagar. Some musical samples: the opener “Break of a New Day”, is wonderfully pounding and powerful riff-rock with great melodies and splendid drive. Sounds like a spiced up song from early Montrose days, when a certain Sammy Hagar was still bellowing into the mic. It includes an excellent, fat and fervent guitar solo. This number rocks! Next up: “In Her Groove,” a mix of Bad Company, Humble Pie and Sammy Hagar, before the only cover version on the album, the Free classic “Fire and Water” – a great version! They manage to play that number with so much heart, as if it was just now composed - great vocals and amazing guitars. Also fantastic are the straightforward, bluesy Free-influenced Boogie-Rock of “Slow Burn,” the groovy, casual mid-tempo piece “Easy” with fluent guitars, the beautiful Rock ballad “The War,” that sounds like a nice blend of Whitesnake and early Foreigner, or the glowing, swampy southern-sounding “Pocket Full of Pearls.” At the end of this fantastic Rock album the guys give it all for the 6 minutes of soulful, light, balladesque but strong retro blues “Gravel Road,” equipped with an awesome melody and excellent guitars, some of them in wonderful twin-sound.
One thing we have to point out again: even though there are many similarities to Free, Bad Company and Sammy Hagar, Cold Truth is by no means a needless or even second-class copy of these great artists – on the contrary. The band plays their “Cold Truth” sounds and acts with such substance and class, that major labels of the 70’s would have probably fought over signing them. This is timeless, honest, direct, rough and straightforward rock music, which will never die, thanks to bands like Cold Truth. Two Guitars, bass, drums and vocals – off they go! They don’t give a damn about trends. All that matters is Rock-n-Roll. Congratulations guys, continue on like that. This is so much fun and gets our full approval – full points!
Barchen Music Review(Germany)