Andy Poxon review April 4, 2013,,,

ANDY POXON

TOMORROW

ELLERSOUL RECORDS  ER031301

TOO BAD–YOU LIED–COLLEGE BOY–WHY–DON’T COME HOME–TOMORROW–ALL BY MYSELF–WITHOUT ME–YOU DON’T LOVE ME–PLEASE COME HOME–FOOLING AROUND–CAROL ANNE–ONE MORE TIME–JAMMIN AT LAKEWEST (INST.)

 

Andy Poxon’s parents are both classical musicians, and one can easily see how the musical gene was passed on to him.  He has become an unbelieveably-talented student of blues, roots, jazz, and, yes, even a touch of country on his sophomore album for EllerSoul, this one entitled “Tomorrow.”  It is produced by Duke Robillard, who adds guitar on several cuts and brings along his old friends,  the Roomful Of Blues horn section,  to add just the right amount of punch to these fourteen originals.

Andy wrote all the songs (save for the set-closer, co-penned by the Duke), and he handles guitar duties throughout.  The songs all show Andy easily transitioning into young adulthood, with lyrics that show him to be wise well beyond his eighteen (!) years.  And, he touches on several genres’ within the scope of these cuts, all of which he pulls off with ease and aplomb.

 

On the love songs, Andy plays the part of the poor soul who always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  “Too Bad” and “You Lied” have a sweet, neo-soul groove, while “Don’t Come Home” borrows a page from Duke’s old Roomful days with its jazzy arrangement.  “All By Myself” rocks out in a Fifties-mode Fats Domino style, while “Why” and “Without Me” explore Andy’s softer side.

 

We had three favorites, too. “Fooling Around” follows a chugging, rockabilly beat and chronicles a young man’s favorite pastime.  “One More Time” is vintage Music Row at its twangy best, complete with crying steel guitar from Frankie Blandino, while the aforementioned “Jammin At Lakewest” is the set-closing instrumental that allows young Andy to go toe-to-toe with the Duke in a call-and-response guitar duel for the ages!

 

Whoever said “Oh, to be young again” sho’ nuff had to be talking about Andy Poxon.  With two well-received albums already at the age of eighteen, Andy has let everyone know that the future of the blues is in great hands, and “Tomorrow” is a highly-entertaining set!   Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow.

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