Archive for September 5th, 2013

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Sep
13

THE KENDALL WALL BAND-THE WAY WE WAS-CD REVIEW-“INSPIRED BLUES BLAST IS A REVELATION” BY JOHN EMMS

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No blues aficionado should be without this album. It’s required listening

Sounding fresh and vital this set of songs by the Kendall Wall Band proves that good playing and groove never goes out of style. Bassist Gary Kendall who has always had great taste has out did himself rescuing these ‘lost tapes’ from 25 years ago.

Most of the rest of Canada never got a chance to see The Kendall Wall Band. Cash Wall who died in 2009 is in fine form on his own You Got A Way and Won’t You Stay both with gorgeous changes that could easily be a hits on the radio in 2013

Elsewhere guitarist Richard Smyth sparkles on everything he touches and a younger Teddy Leonard delivers as ever (check out the vibrato on Just One More Time)  Piano man Martin Aucoin, and harp player Jeff Baker who also sings lead vocal on two tracks come off seasoned and eclectic.

Bassist Gary Kendall could easily score a hit radio single with the gospel track I Don’t Know (what This World’s Coming To)  Heck if 2013 needed an anthem for this troubled world then this track is almost as good as classic period Motherlode (When I Die)

Drawing equally from all parts of the blues this cd is a revelation.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, radio host and blues rocker with Canada’s Shaftmen https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

05
Sep
13

DAVID GOGO-COME ON DOWN-CD REVIEW..”ROOTS, ROCK REVIVAL”

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There is a richness of tone and sheer joy of playing  that is at the heart of David Gogo’s latest album Come On Down. It’s not a stretch to say this roots album by the Canadian guitarist would sit well as you are cruising down Route 66.

Original Songs like Call Your Name, the title track and Kings have a Peter Wolf/Stones vibe while Blue Eyed Daisy owes more to the Southern Rock of 38 Special than to the million selling blues revival of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.

With plenty of covers including  Christine McVie’s  Spare Me A Little of Your Love and ARS’s So Into You this cd is by no means a straight blues album.

Having said that Gogo is an excellent guitarist and whips off some nasty slide guitar on Lindsey Buckingham’s World Turning, nails a muscular take of The Faces Bad n’ Ruin and even rocks the dance/pop groove on a cover of Robert Palmer’s Looking For Clues.

Despite the different styles you will find yourself playing this album a lot for friends.

That is never a bad thing folks!

JOHN EMMS is veteran music journalist, online radio host  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/superb-song-choices-john-emms/id376049866?mt=2 and singer-songwriter with blues rockers THE SHAFTMEN www.theshaftmen.com




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