Archive for July 24th, 2014

24
Jul
14

READ JOHN’S TOUCHING ODE TO JOHNNY WINTER ON THIS BLOG/CHECK OUT JOHN MAYALL’S LATEST CD/HEAR THE SHAFTMEN’S LATEST CD

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24
Jul
14

ERIC CLAPTON & FRIENDS-THE BREEZE-CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS-AN APPRECIATION OF JJ CALE-“JEAN JACQUES SMILES AGAIN”

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One year after  JJ Cale’s death Eric Clapton & Friends capture the simple beauty and roots nature of  Cale’s Americana’ vibe on this new album.

On tracks like the superb Cajun Moon, The Same Old Blues with Tom Petty and especially Sensitive Kind featuring Don White, Clapton and Friends get to the essence of Cale’s work from albums like Naturally and Troubadour.

John Mayer grooves natural with Clapton on Lies, and rocks with him on Don’t Wait.

Christine Lakeland and Derek Trucks add the gorgeous subtle touch to Cryin’ Eyes while Mark Knopfler’s distinctive vocal and chops work the beauty of the track Someday.

The prettiest moment on the cd besides Willie Nelson’s take on Songbird is again John Mayer with the eloquent Magnolia.

Cale’s legacy was left in good hands and Jean Jacques is smiling and grooving.

Each listen I get more relaxed.

This cd is available July 29th

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, radio host and blues/roots singer-songwriter with Canadian Blues Rockers THE SHAFTMEN

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24
Jul
14

DUDLEY TAFT-SCREAMING IN THE WIND-“BLUES ROCKER BETTER ON EACH LISTEN” CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS

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Blues Rock is getting big again.

It may not reach the heights of Cream, prime Johnny Winter, ZZ Top,  or the Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan but  adding rock power to blues inspired songs is what the public wants

And Dudley Taft and his band are right in the thick of it on their new album Screaming in The Wind

Working with producer Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy) and SRV’s mojo organ man Reese Wynans this album bends into modern blues without loosing  clout.

Tracks like the hard hitting Red Line, the open tuning crunch of Sleeping In The Sunlight, a cover of Freddie King’s Pack It Up with the Muscle Shoals Horns Section, and the pop sensibility of Barrio (which would kill at mainstream radio) Taft and his band don’t miss the mark.

Believe or not Tears in The Rain has an almost Soundgarden-esque vibe, while Wynan powers up the B-3 organ on the excellent The Reason Why.

Bassman John Kessler and drummer Jason Patterson stick to Taft’s riffing and solos which adds glue in the right places.

Bottom line has always been the songs.

Tracks like  ZZ Top’s Beer Drinker’s and Hellraisers, Cream’s Sunshine of Your Love or Canadian blues rocker Colin James’ Just Got Back have hard crunching radio friendly hooks

Taft has plenty on this album too.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, online radio host and founding member of Canadian Blues Rockers THE SHAFTMEN

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