Don’t tell these guys rock is dead. Along with Greta Van Fleet and The Struts, L.A. rockers Rival Sons are carrying the torch, spreading the rock and roll message to the masses, one club, one arena, one stadium at a time (no exaggeration; they’ve opened for Aerosmith in arenas and Black Sabbath in stadiums). Five albums in and about to release their sixth, the band, led by Jim Morrison doppelganger Jay Buchanan, seems to be peaking at just the right moment in time.
With a vibe that soars somewhere between Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, and The Who, it would seem only natural that these guys would be capable of working up a spot-on version of a Rolling Stones song, and that is exactly what they deliver with their passionate reading of “Wild Horses.” In a performance for the YouTube series “The Blues Kitchen Presents,” Buchanan and guitar player Scott Holiday sit down and play an acoustic version that comes eerily close to sounding like the Flying Burrito Brothers reading of the song. The interplay of the two acoustic guitars is perfect in its imperfections and the vocals seem to reverberate off and around the walls of the barroom setting that was used for the performance.
For a band that normally likes to kick out the jams, this nuanced and passionate version of the song should be a staple in their club shows throughout 2019.