Named for a childhood swimming hole the lads in Raven Cliff have made people in Nashville and beyond take notice of their infectious harmonies and grooves. The “brotherhood” started when manager Gary Ceremelli pieced together the band now known as Raven Cliff. The guys decided to leave their homes, families, and jobs in order to pursue what they hope will be a financially stable career.The 5 piece band consists of Justin Spears - Lead Vocals/Guitar, Chris Rakes - Guitar/Vocals, Cameron Vaught - Drums/Vocals, Jason Litz - Guitars/Vocals and Justin "Mac" McFarland - Bass. With a mix of southern rock, bluegrass, country and some acapella their first studio album is filled with 9 tracks filled with good down home grooves. Justin Spears leads the way with a powerful voice that will remind people of Randy Travis or the Zach Brown Band. All the players mesh well together and showcase what a little hard work and music appreciation can accomplish.
The opening track is "Into The Mystic" a toe tappin number that will make fans of Country and Rock stand up and take notice of this band. It's a good opening to the disc but does not capture what the lads do live as well as their version of the National Anthem. "Don't Need Much" the first song on the album written by Justin Spears could very well put the lads on the radio very soon. The song is one of the best on the disc and shows what this band is capable of doing. When Justin says "I don't need much, but I need you" it is the perfect love declaration that anyone who has a special someone in their life will resonate with. "California, Here She Comes" is a great number that keeps the mystic of these talented musicians moving forward. You will find yourself singing along after just a single listen. "Southern Poetry" is a little more Rock than the earlier tracks. If your a fan of Southern Rock mixed with Country you will love this song. "Jesus Lookin' Back" starts off a little outlaw and could've been something Charlie Daniels could have done. "Love The Sinner" is a passionate story of love's struggles and addiction. You can almost hear the pain in Justin's voice and the music compliments the vocals so well that at times you are feeling the pain with the band. The song has the capabilities of bringing even the toughest person to tears and is something almost everyone can relate too. "Livin' To The Rhythm" is an upbeat danceable track that is sure to pack the floor at your favorite honky tonk bar or club. "Born Again" is the second song written by Justin Spears to appear on the album. The track is just as good as the rest and should silence anyone who thinks these lads are not in it for the long haul. The final track on the album is "Red And Blue" a song that is good but really doesn't do as much for the mystic of this talented 5 piece as the rest of the album. If you do happen to see these lads coming to your town make sure you go see them perform. While the disc is good the live show will transform you into a fan.