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Albums Of The Week: Robert Jon & The Wreck | Ride Into The Light

Aided by a slate of superstar producers, the up-and-coming Southern California combo continue to cement their reputation as the next great southern-rock band.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “With the help of a slate of VIP producers and other music heavyweights, Robert Jon & The Wreck deliver blistering Southern rock and blues on their seventh studio album Ride Into The Light.

Packed with blistering blues-rock and sun-soaked Americana ballads, Ride Into The Light is as high-octane as it is soul-stirring, proving that real rock ’n’ roll is alive and thriving in 2023. Reinvigorating their traditional production process, The Wreck teamed up for this release with the legendary producers Don Was (John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones), Dave Cobb (Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton), Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden, Black Crowes) and guitar maestros Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith (Marc Broussard, Eric Gales, Joanne Shaw Taylor). The resulting album finds the band reaching a new level of musicianship and songwriting prowess, delivering a fresh take on vintage rock ’n’ roll while evoking classic artists like The Allman Brothers Band, Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“We met with the legendary Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy), who’s written songs with a lot of great artists,” shares frontman Robert Jon. “A few weeks later we went into Sunset Sound in L.A. with Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith as our producers… (and) it evolved into a bit of tribute to the L.A. session musician scene through the years, combining elements from a few different decades and wound up being a really fun sonic experiment. Joe and Josh were also great to be around, providing a lot of fun musical suggestions and of course some top-notch vintage guitar gear!”

Photo by Rob Bondurant.

Ride Into The Light includes the four tracks from the band’s very recent dynamic EP release One Of A Kind, which received rave reviews from all over the world and helped catapult the band’s awareness into new heights. These tracks were produced by Grammy winners Was and Cobb, showcasing Robert Jon & The Wreck’s wide range and dynamic sound, from the instant rock ’n’ roll classic Come At Me and the captivating, Americana-infused Who Can You Love, to the outstanding, riff-driven roots-rockers Pain No More and One Of A Kind.

Hailing from Southern California, Robert Jon & The Wreck take the Southern rock sound and make it their own. Since their inception in 2011, these native Californians — Robert Jon Burrison (lead vocals, guitar), Andrew Espantman (drums, background vocals), Henry James Schneekluth (lead guitar, background vocals) and Warren Murrel (bass) — have been electrifying audiences all over the world with their soaring guitar leads, rich vocal harmonies, and memorable tunes. Recently, keyboardist Jake Abernathie joined the band as an official member.”


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