Bluesy, Southern-style rock 'n' roll has been around for decades, and countless long-haired bar bands have chased their fortunes by riding the same riffs as Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers. Few, however, are as fresh and innovative as Rose Hill Drive. Even fewer have been asked by Pete Townshend to open for The Who.
If Rose Hill Drive had been around 30 years, they'd be camping up and down the Billboard Charts. They'd be profiled by Cameron Crowe in multi-page Rolling Stone spreads and inspire movies like Almost Famous. Daniel Sproul's guitar solos – so incendiary that you can see the sweat fly from his fingers in this video – would've inspired legions of aspiring guitar gods. In short, the band would get the attention they so desperately deserve.
And Rose Hill Drive may get there still. They've got the whole package: the boogie bass, the grit 'n' soul vocals, Bonzo-based drums, and – perhaps mostly importantly – the ability to breathe new life into a genre that's seen and heard it all.
- Andrew Leahey
Rose Hill Drive is a blues-rock power trio comprised of two brothers (Jacob and Daniel Sproul) and a close family friend (Nate "The Foot" Barnes). The band formed in Boulder, Colorado, during the members' high-school years. A slew of live dates followed, including gigs with The Black Crowes, Wilco, Robert Randolph, and a festival slot at Bonnaroo.
The trio's shows were remarkable, especially considering the band's relatively young age, and two live recordings were released to capture this onstage energy. Self-titled studio debut Rose Hill Drive followed in August 2006. Recorded in the swampy south, Rose Hill Drive aligns itself with the band's '70s influences by shunning pro-tools, auto tuning, and other studio tricks. As their website states, it's "just raw, pure energy straight to tape."