BATON ROUGE

Glam Metal • United States
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Baton Rouge was a glam metal, hard rock band with heavy blues overtones not that far removed from early Whitesnake and Tangier.

The band originally formed in Louisiana as Voices and consisted of Kelly Keeling (guitar and keyboards), Lance Bulen (vocals), Keith Harrison (bass) and Harold Knappenburger (drums). After changing their name to Meridian and finally Baton Rouge the group relocated to Los Angeles in 1987 and revamped their lineup; Keeling took over on vocals while Bulen switched to guitar and a new rhythm section of Scott Bender (bass) and Corky McClellan (drums) was added. After a mere six live shows on the Sunset Strip they were signed to Atlantic records and hooked up with producers Jack Ponti and Vic Pepe who would co-write many of their songs. Their debut album, Shake Your Soul, debuted in 1990 and reached #160 on the Billboard charts. Keyboardist David Cremin, appeared on the
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BATON ROUGE Shake Your Soul album cover 3.12 | 3 ratings
Shake Your Soul
Glam Metal 1990
BATON ROUGE Lights Out On The Playground album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Lights Out On The Playground
Glam Metal 1991
BATON ROUGE Baton Rouge album cover 1.75 | 2 ratings
Baton Rouge
Glam Metal 1997

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BATON ROUGE The Hottest Of Baton Rouge album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Hottest Of Baton Rouge
Glam Metal 2006

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BATON ROUGE Shake Your Soul

Album · 1990 · Glam Metal
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Hailing from Louisiana, the idea of naming the band as Baton Rouge is pretty obvious to everyone but what makes them unique is actually when they started the band as Voices, Kelly Keeling was responsible in handling rhythm guitar and keyboard while Lance Bulen takes the singer duty. Not until they moved to LA, Voices changed their name while Keeling and Bulen switched position and the rest is history. Baton Rouge's musical style is pure melodic rock, a mix of Bon Jovi and Germany's Bonfire or Fair Warning. Kelly Keeling has a great voice, perhaps quite close to Sammy Hagar's timbre, and he was the center of attention as the other isn't as shining as him.

"Shake Your Soul" came up too late in 1990 when glam metal began to set and the band was soon forgotten not long after their debut was released. This record was quite mediocre compared to other better quality releases, but still I think this album has several enjoyable tunes such as "Doctor", "Walks Like A Woman", "Melenie", "There Was A Time", and "Bad Time Comin' Down". The rest are passable except for "Hot Blood Movin'" and "It's About Time" which I think are quite okay.

The production level is good and with Keeling's great voice and several great songs, "Shake Your Soul" is far from essential but a good buy if you like later day glam metal. You can pick this cheap from any online store, so it's not a bad idea to grab one to stuff your CD rack.

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