Author Archive for john emms

01
Dec
17

PETER PARCEK- EVERYBODY WANTS TO GO TO HEAVEN-“ATMOSPHERIC BLUES DELUXE’ CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS

Peter Parcek creates an entire album full of prime atmospheric blues on his latest album Everybody Wants to Go To Heaven

Excellent star turns from the great Luther Dickinson, Mickey Raphael and legendary keyboard man Spooner Oldham are very cool.

Yet it’s the covers of Blind Lemon Jefferson’s See that My Grave is Kept Clean and Parcek’s very different take on the title track written by Don Nix that create a big buzz.

Elsewhere Parcek goes instrumental on Every Drop of Rain and Pat Hare with good results but it’s his own Things Fall Apart that comes up aces.

Excellent work from producer and drummer Marco Giovino on keeping the whole album tucked in tight and focused.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist and Sun and  Post Media music contributor

JOHN  also heads up Canadian Blues Rockers THE SHAFTMEN

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30
Nov
17

BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION “INTELLIGENT HARD ROCK AND MUCH MORE” CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS

From the count in on the opening track Collide with it’s gut level mojo set to stun and over to the closing mid tempo versatility of When The Morning Comes BCC have created an intelligent modern day rock classic with BCCIV.

If you want to call Over My Head radio friendly then go ahead. With Glenn Hughes’ memorable vocals at times hitting a falsetto on the chorus, a superb bridge and a quick harmony guitar solo by Joe Bonamassa it makes the case for radio.

In 2017 or at any other time Over My Head  would be considered an instant rock radio add, simple as that!

The Celtic/Zep  influence of Bonamassa’s The Last Song For My Resting Place and his  mid song guitar solo is electrifying.

In fact it should be said right here that Bonamassa’s guitar work on this album is totally in the pocket while being improvised.

A total joy.

Along with producer Kevin Shirley this is a team effort by all concerned and should be noted.

For example throughout the album drummer Jason Bonham’s power and groove hits an all time high. Just check out the chops on The Crow and the already mentioned Collide.

Elsewhere Keyboard man Derek Sherinian is the weld on all the material. Whether it’s  his chops on the superb 7 minute power of Wanderlust, or the  introspective mood he creates on When The Morning Comes, Sherinian is the glue.

Again, on the individual and collective side it’s hard to believe bassist and and lead vocalist Glenn Hughes can be hitting his peak this far into his career.

But folks it’s a fact.

His soul and vocal power on tracks such as The Cove, The Crow, and Love Remains is mind blowing.

When you have four musicians at this level creating, giving, and exploring their musicianship and most importantly committed you have excellence.

Of course throughout the opus BCC wears the influence of Blues Rock, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin proudly.

Folks this is one hell of a ride.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, Sun and Post Media contributor, former radio host and musician with Canadian blues rockers THE SHAFTMEN.

JOHN is on Twitter

19
Nov
17

KEVIN BREIT/JOHNNY GOLDTOOTH & THE CHEVY CASANOVAS- PSYCHO TWANG LIVES -CD REVIEW JOHN EMMS

“Psycho Twang” in full heat is the best way to describe Kevin Breit’s wacky and brilliant new instrumental album Johnny Goldtooth and the Chevy Casanovas.

If you can’t smile when you hear I Got “Em Too, and Knee High Fizzle, then you are not having a laugh.

The harmonic sparkle of Breit’s guitar solos and string poppin is in full bloom on the opener Chevy Casanova and the spaghetti western soundtrack vibe of Dr Lee Van Cleef which Clint Eastwood would certainly approve

A lot of the tracks are Zappa cool with bass clarinet, upright bass, some organ swirls and the guest spots from the great Davide De Renzo (Tom Cochrane) on drums and sax work from Vincent Henry.

Don’t go on a Crime Holler folks, but the select tour dates tour throughout Canada over the next few months will be a great evening out.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, Sun and Post Media contributor and musician . John rocks THE BLUES with THE SHAFTMEN

http://www.theshaftmen.com/home.htm

09
Nov
17

RONNIE EARL AND THE BROADCASTERS-THE LUCKIEST MAN-“DEEP BLUES FAITH” BY JOHN EMMS

Great playing, good taste and a deep faith stacked high in the blues spills out generously on Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters intimate new album The Luckiest Man.

The reliable smooth Chicago texture of Southside Stomp a staple feel on any Earl and the Broadcasters album is set against the deep warmth of Jim’s Song written and performed by Earl for the memory of bandmate and bassist Jim Mouradian.

Vocalist Diane Blue throws out excellent phrasing and soul on Heartbreak (It’s Killing Me) and just kills on Never Gonna Break My Faith surrounded by supple chops from Dave Limina on Hammond B-3 and Earl’s guitar solos and fills

Personally speaking Sugar Ray Norcia’s song Long Lost Conversation is total blues bliss with Earl and The Bluetones.

It is magic pure and simple.

That song is followed by the gorgeous and soulful Sweet Miss Vee written by Earl.

A cover of Reverend Gary Davis’ Death Don’t Have No Mercy goes deeper than deep in true Davis Piedmont tradition.

You better believe Earl and the Broadcasters are digging deep on this recording.

Ain’t That Loving You?

Amen!

THIS CD is available on NOVEMBER 17th worldwide.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist and musician. John is also a Sun and Post Media contributor.

You can also find John on Twitter

08
Nov
17

CASEY JAMES-STRIP IT DOWN-“SUPERB BACK TO BASICS GROOVE” BY JOHN EMMS

Groove is everything and Casey James’ latest album Strip it Down has tons of it.

If you can’t get your groove on and tubes warmed up with tracks like Bulletproof featuring Texas Titan Delbert McClinton or the Tommy Castro-esque I Got To Go then you are not alive with the blues.

Tom Hambridge produces, writes, drums and finds the “inner” Casey James. The ballad and Little Willie John cover Need Your Love So Bad has a great feel that might hypnotize you under a Texas Moonlight night.

Elsewhere Hard Times Heartaches and Scars is one of the best blues-rock tracks of the year and Supernatural is an easy cross over rock track that James sings the hell out of.

Kevin McKendree pounds the 88’s on the rocker Makin Up and James rips up a cool solo gtr, while Stupid Crazy has a Van Morrison feel.

Title track is one of the best vocals and performances on the album.

An album you can put on from start to finish and feel good about it.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, Sun Media contributor and singer/guitarist and songwriter with Canadian Blues Rockers THE SHAFTMEN

 

07
Oct
17

MIGHTY DUCK BLUES BAND-DUCK SOUP CD REVIEW-BY JOHN EMMS-“DELUXE HOT BROTH”

Punchy, and with great guest vocals MDBB proves you can never underestimate the backing band on their own original album.

Right out of the gate both guest vocalists John Dickie and Cheryl Lescom up the ante on Hammered and Nailed and Don’t Send Me No Valentine the first 2 songs.

Guitar work by Dave Curry (check out Castaway) rips and tears through and the band anchored by bassist Gary Kendall, drummer Jim Casson and organ man Dave Torosian can’t miss.

Chuck Jackson simply one of the best blues singers on the planet struts the edge gorgeously on 3 AM Blues but gets drowned out a bit out by Curry’s loud guitar mix on Cha- Ching

Love the way drummer Jim Casson completely transforms the Queen classic We Will Rock You in under 2 minutes in 18 seconds, while Paul Reddick pulls out a Springsteen meets Tom Waits vibe on Hurricane (not the Bob Dylan song)

Elsewhere Kendall nails his own vocal on  You’re Driving Me Crazy powered by the rolling piano of Lance Anderson and Curry’s guitar solo.

Whether they are backing the best blues artists in Canada or carving up their own songs MDBB  play it it tough on this rocking set.

JOHN EMMS is a Post Media journalist, former radio host, and singer-songwriter with Canadian blues rockers THE SHAFTMEN

http://www.theshaftmen.com/home.htm

 

07
Oct
17

ANDRE BISSON-BREAK CD REVIEW-SOULFUL SONGS AND MODERN BLUES

Break the new album by Andre Bisson and his excellent band showcases an artist who simply sings, writes and performs with conviction.

The tasteful title track could easily have been recorded by an artist like the late Joe Cocker, while the Ray Charles vibe of The Reason Why is a showcase for his vocal work.

All the horn charts throughout the album never overshadow the strong material. Feelin’ Fine and Next In Line are perfect examples of this.

Elsewhere The Beatles Eleanor Rigby gets a smoky rendition and his own funky I Got The Right could power up any set.

Also have to say there is a great mix on this cd

Without a doubt this Hamilton Ontario native displays chops and integrity throughout this set.

JOHN EMMS is a Post Media contributor, veteran music journalist and singer-songwriter with Canadian Blues Rockers THE SHAFTMEN

 

 




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