Album Review of
The Undertow
Rick Lang

Written by Joe Ross
January 31, 2018 - 12:00am EST
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Rick Lang is an excellent songwriter. His material has been covered by such groups as Lonesome River Band, IIIrd Tyme Out, Front Range, Paul Adkins & The Borderline Band, and Southern Rail. As a songcrafter, Lang puts a lot of thought into each song's melody, lyrics and feeling. Some of his previous projects (like "The Season of my Heart") have been thematic, and "The Undertow" offers many poignant messages connected to the ocean. To masterfully create a scenic environment for the topic of each song, Rick uses a multi-genre Americana approach that draws upon elements of roots, folk and bluegrass. Rick's music sparkles, and it always brightens the day.

I was very pleased by the way that Rick produced a concept album with such an eclectic variety of elements from various genres. A sailor's life is one of long days, adventure, toils, danger and strife.  Some of Rick Lang's songs like "Widow's Walk" are ballads with poignant story lines and evocative messages. Every song on “The Undertow” builds strong analogies between shipwrecks, lights, dreams, waves and treasures to similar challenges we all face ourselves. Rick Lang’s songs are much like tidal waters that represent currents of life.  (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)