Grady Champion review March 2 2013….

GRADY CHAMPION

TOUGH TIMES DON’T LAST

GRADY SHADY MUSIC   GSCD–1004-13

MY TIME BABY–MISSING YOU–MISSISSIPPI PRIDE–TRUST YOURSELF–BROKEN DOWN CADILLAC–GLORY TRAIN–THINGS AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE–TOUGH TIMES DON’T LAST–ON THE ROAD–GHETTO–COOKIE JAR–WHAT WOULD CHRISTMAS BE WITHOUT YOU

Grady Champion has come a long way since his big win in the 2010 IBC Band division, with his third release since 2010, and his seventh overall since 1998.  On “Tough Times Don’t Last,” Grady continues his one-two punch of guitar-and-harp-driven contemporary blues, with twelve originals that cover a wide range of subjects.  Grady stays true to his blues, soul, and gospel roots throughout, and touches on life as a bluesman as well as topical subjects close to his heart.

 

Check out “Missing You,” for example.  It kicks off with a shot of old-school soul, and Grady’s yearning vocal gives it serious cred, then his harp solo kicks in, and you know he’s all blues.  Another one in this vein is the minor-key tale of a man who realizes “somethin’ just ain’t right” in the love department, entitled “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be.”  This one has some very funky guitar from Grady that really  punctuates the lyrics.

 

Grady revisits his youth “on 43 South” down in Canton, MS, on “Mississippi Pride,’ and touches on hard times in today’s society with “Trust Yourself” and “Ghetto.”  And, he keeps the gospel in his heart with the title cut, where “Tough Times Don’t Last, but tough people do.”  Also, if you want to “shed your sins and bad habits,” then feel free to join Grady on the “Glory Train” to salvation!

 

We had two favorites, too.  We like Grady when he’s rockin’ the house, and he hits a deep, Hill-country groove with “Cookie Jar,” and then lets his harp do the talking when he gives a cheatin’ lover the boot on the juke joint romp of “My Time.”

 

A new album from Grady Champion is always welcomed, because he brings it from the heart with brilliant musical talent and fantastic showmanship.  Enjoy the deep-soul and blues of “Tough Times Don’t Last.”  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow

 

 

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