Brad Vickers review April 10, 2013…

BRAD VICKERS AND HIS VESTAPOLITANS

GREAT DAY IN THE MORNING

MAN HAT TONE RECORDS   MHT 1080

INTRO–LITTLE GEM–TRAIN GOIN WESTWARD BOUND–SAVING STRING RAG–SIT DOWN AND TALK–GREAT DAY IN THE MORNING–SATURDAY BLUES–CHAPTER AND VERSE–IT’S A GOOD LIFE–FRISCO TOWN–THIS MIGHT BE YOUR DAY-ANNA LOU BLUES–THE WAY IT’S GOT TO BE–TOGETHER FOR GOOD–DALLAS BLUES

For his fourth CD as leader of the Vestapolitans, guitarist-vocalist Brad Vickers goes waaaay back, old-school style, to the days of bands such as The Mississippi Sheiks and Jim Kweskin’s Jug Band.  “Great Day In The Morning” is filled with his stellar bottleneck slide, as well as fiddles and mandolins.  And, to add to the good-time nature of this record, there is some fabulous horn and keyboard interplay as well.  Brad, along with bassist/fiddler Margey Peters, wrote most of the cuts herein, following that roots, folk-ish, Depression-era sound that was played back in the day to make listeners feel good.

The set opens with one of Brad’s originals, that compares his lover to a “precious stone,” entitled “Little Gem.’  The fiddle and guitar are complemented perfectly by sax from Jim Davis and Matt Cowan.  Another cool original is a good country blues called “Sit Down And Talk,” while Charlie Burnham adds fiddle on the jumpin’ “Saving String Rag,” which also features V. D. King on the banjolele.  “It’s A Good Life, only if you’re with me,’ looks at life from a lover’s point of view, with piano from Jeremy Baum.  And, a clever “I don’t know if it’s true, but it happened to me,” story  is the Biblically-referenced theme of tales from the road, told in “Chapter And Verse.”

We had three favorites, too.  Brad plays more sweet bottleneck on “Anna Lou Blues,” while Gina Sicilia and Christine Santelli add vocals to the gospel flavor of “Together For Good,” which begs the question, “What kind of a difference can I make?”  And, Charlie Burnham’s fiddle again graces the set-closing “Dallas Blues,” celebrating the Centennial anniversary of the first published blues song.

 

The title cut reminds us to enjoy life, as it “comes at you without a warning.”  It’s easy to enjoy this set of old-time blues from Brad Vickers And His Vestapolitans, and we give this one two big thumbs up!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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