Hadden Sayers review…March 7, 2013…

HADDEN SAYERS

ROLLING SOUL

BLUE CORN MUSIC

DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE (OUT ON ME)–SOMETHING WRONG IN THE WORLD–WANT WHAT YOU HAVE–ALONE WITH THE BLUES–THAT’S WHAT YOU DO–LAY DOWN YOUR WORRIES–THE MAN I’M SUPPOSED TO BE–CRAZY ENOUGH–UNLUCKY–TIPPIN’ IN–INSOMNIAC BLUES–CAN’T GET YOU OFF MY MIND

 

Hadden Sayers’ 2011 release, “Hard Dollar,” yielded a cut entitled “Back To The Blues” that was nominated for Blues Song Of The Year at the 33rd Blues Music Awards.  Spurred on by that success, Hadden has returned not only to the road, but to the studio for “Rolling Soul,” on the Blue Corn label.  There are twelve original cuts herein which showcase Hadden’s storytelling-thru-song approach that appeals to a wide fan base.

 

On this set, Hadden touches on several styles of music, and does them all very well.  Check out the opening two cuts, “Don’t Take Your Love (Out On Me)” and “Something Wrong In The World” that each have a vintage Hi Records vibe from back in the day.  “That’s What You Do” is a sweet ode to that special someone who “takes my fantasy and turns it into a memory,” and has a jazz-inflected guitar arrangement.  Ruthie Foster adds a sweet touch to the duet “Lay Down Your Worries,” reminding us all not to forget those who are most important to us.  “Insomniac Blues” has some great guitar work from Hadden, as well as a brilliant, slightly understated piano from Dave DeWitt.

 

We had three favorites, too.  One of the set’s most powerful cuts was inspired by Johnny Winter, and is entitled “Alone With The Blues.”  The sparse arrangement has Dave lamenting that “when you ain’t got nothin’ you got nothin’ to lose.”  “Tippin’ In” is a red-hot dance floor burner built around the tale of a man trying to stay single, altho knowing he’s hooked on a lover.  And, “Crazy Enough” is a hilarious stop-time rocker that takes a cool look at women in love!

 

To celebrate the release of “Rolling Soul,” Hadden Sayers is hitting the road in a ’61 Impala that’s pulling a ’62 Airstream trailer dubbed “The Rolling Soul Emporium.”  You can follow his adventures on the various outlets of social media, and, when you listen to this set, you’ll sho’ nuff hear some great blues!!   Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow.

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