437. Mainstreet – Carson Cole and RU4

MAINSTREET (1987)

Carson Cole and RU4

I will admit very limited knowledge of Carson Cole either before or after the release of this legitimate Americana rocker record on Frontline Records back in 1987. I remember that he was from Canada and that Mike MacLane of Frontline was a huge John Mellencamp fan and kept telling me about Carson long before the album came out.

Painted with the same striped as Mellencamp, Springsteen, Mark Farner, Robert Vauhgan and even 38 Special, Carson Cole and RU4 delivered a driving and rocking American heartland project. The title track has a killer rock groove and Cole’s slightly rough edged vocals combining to create a decent Christian rock radio hit.

Themes on the album are common Christian fair for the time but without the common vernacular that caused mainstream listeners to miss the point. But there are also theme of guilt, depression, infidelity, forgiveness and the all too common apocalyptic elements. A personal favorite is Kingdom Come, and fun rocker with Dylanesque vocals and an E Street vibe complete with sax solo.

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  1. November 12, 2010 at 12:13 am

    It’s exciting to see Carson Cole on your list. I bought this album back in ’87 when it came out and it was my favourite album for that year. I liked the name Carson so much that I named my son Carson after Carson Cole!!!!

    kyteman

  2. March 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Carson Cole was Canadian, I believe. The first concert I ever played was opening for Carson Cole in Fort St. John, B.C…

  3. March 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    That would have been in 1982 or so.

  4. Greenchili
    May 15, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Definitely see the Mellencamp, Springsteen, American heartland influence in this one. Oh and the Dylanesque vocals on Kingdom Come.

  5. November 21, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Carson Cole always reminded me of Tommy Tutone of Jenny 867-5309 fame. Listen to Mainstreet and you’ll hear it.

  6. Rob Karhukangas
    July 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Carson Cole was from Alberta. Some friends of mine were in a band called Crossection and they recorded their first tape at Carson’s farm. Carson was later involved somehow with Wide Mouth Mason

  7. Rob Karhukangas
    July 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Rob Karhukangas :Carson Cole was from Alberta. Some friends of mine were in a band called Crossection and they recorded their first tape at Carson’s farm. Carson was later involved somehow with Wide Mouth Mason

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