Archive for February, 2017

07
Feb
17

THE BLUES, ROOTS AND MORE-REVIEWS LUCAS HANEMEN EXPRESS, DAWN TYLER WATSON, AND TEXAS BLUES/ROOTS BETH GARNER – BY JOHN EMMS

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Lucas Hanemen Express-Tearing Up the Rails.-Wow, so much variety and tons of dynamics. Check the funky Give Me Life, the soul of Waiting at Your Door, or the excellent roots of Storybook Love which later explodes. Impressive you bet.

Dawn Tyler Watson-Jawbreaker-This is full band DTW and it smokes. Fresh off her win at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Watson goes Aretha-esque on Shine On,  rolls it out on the whiplash rock n’ roll of Son of A Gun and sings the hell out of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young.  Easily one of the best vocalists in any genre. This is soul baby!!!

Beth Garner-Snake Farm-Can’t say I’m a fan of the Snake cover art, but Beth Garner gets it done for real folks.  A heck of a cool guitarist and amen to her killer band on this album, Check out the groove of Backdoor Freddie, the intoxication of Wish I Was or the smoking Used to Be. I say T for Texas and a holler of a big B for Beth. Get some of this folks!

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, also with Post Media/Sun Media and blues/roots songwriter with THE SHAFTMEN

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

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07
Feb
17

JOHN MAYALL REVIEW-TALK ABOUT THAT-“CONSISTENT, URGENT AND NOW” BY JOHN EMMS

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Track for track John Mayall’s latest album Talk About That is required blues listening because it is urgent and now!

The reason is simple, Mayall loves music. It is a life force.

Even his work in the last 15 years excels, let alone his 60’s and 70’s work.

Along for The Ride, Road Dogs, In the Palace of the King, Tough or A Special Life are all sturdy albums.

At 83 John Mayall does not live in the past.

He doesn’t need to.

Recorded in 3 days with drummer Jay Davenport, bassist Greg Rzab, guitarist Rocky Athas and Mayall himself this album speaks modern grooves.

The title track is funky, and jumps out of the speakers, Eagle Joe Walsh (yes that Joe Walsh)  burns an extended solo on the excellent The Devil Must Be Laughing and plays a vibrant slide solo on Cards On The Table.

Elsewhere the horns on Don’t Deny Me and It’s Hard Going Up both covers have Mayall and the band putting out big time especially with the killer guitar solo on Don’t Deny me from Athas.

Mayall will hit the road as a trio and it will be completely interesting.

But right now you have Talk About That which is a treasure!

JOHN EMMS is a blues roots singer-songwriter, and 30 year published music journalist working with all major and indie labels.

Check,  John with THE SHAFTMEN

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570             

JOHN IS ON TWITTER

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