Jason Elmore review,,,April 16, 2013…

JASON ELMORE AND HOODOO WITCH

TELL YOU WHAT

UNDERWORLD RECORDS

SHARECROPPER SHUFFLE–SOUTHBOUND–COLD LONELY DAWN–BOTTOM FEEDER–DIRT AIN’T ENOUGH–BUCKAROO–COUNTRY MILE–DON’T PASS ME BY–GOOD FOOT–SHE FINE–YOU DON’T MISS YOUR WATER

Jason Elmore is a Dallas-based blues-rocker whose influences included his grandmother, who turned him on to Elvis, and his father, who enjoyed AC/DC and SRV.  He has just released his second  CD, entitled “Tell You What,” and it not only has music inspired by his heroes, but bits of roots, soul, and country to boot.  Backed by the Hoodoo Witch, which is Chris Waw on bass and Mike Talbot on drums, they blast thru twelve dazzlers that show off Jason’s fiery fretwork and deep-down-to-earth vocals.

 

The Jell-o starts jigglin’ with the opening salvos of “Sharecropper Shuffle,” an instrumental that brings to mind Freddie King.  His “metal’ prowess comes thru on the wailing and gnashing of strings on “Bottom Feeder,” and the rapid-fire rock of Rory Gallagher’s “Country Mile,” which also features a fine slide break from Jim Suhler.  “Good Foot” follows a jazzy trail to tell its decadent story of love and betrayal, while Jason turns in a stirring read of William Bell’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” with a sweet lap steel solo  from Kirby Kelley.  The whole ambience of this one lends itself to a touch of country.

Speaking of country, another popular country tune leads off our spate of favorites.  Jason pays tribute to the late Don Rich with a truly authentic “Buckaroo.”  The scintillating grunge of “Southbound” has Jason trying to stay one step ahead of the hellhounds on his trail, and believes that “the future is so much clearer when you leave the past behind!”  And, in the true tradition of Johnny Guitar Watson and Gatemouth Brown, “Cold Lonely Dawn” is as sweet an R & B ballad that’s come down the pike in a while.

 

Pound for pound, Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch are layin’ down some of the best blues around.  No matter what your poison, “Tell You What” has something for you!!!  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow.

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