Little G Weevil review…July 24, 2013…

MOVING

LITTLE G WEEVIL

VIZZTONE LABEL GROUP  VTLG-01

SHOOK IT AND BROKE IT–ON MY WAY TO MEMPHIS–MEAN AND DIRTY–BOOGIE THROUGH MY TROUBLES–LET SOMEONE ELSE DO ALL THE WORK–DEEP BOW–ADVICE–MOVING–NO MAN IN MY BED–FASTEST MAN–LET’S TALK IT OVER (COME BACK BABY)–SWING IN THE MIDDLE

 

Little G Weevil is a completely self-taught guitarist, specializing in the old-time string and country blues sounds of the pre-WWII masters.  He started his first band in his European home land in 1998, garnering enough successes to move to Memphis in 2004.  He was a resident of the Beale Street scene for some time, busking in that vibrant district.  He moved to Georgia in 2009, but made a hugely-triumphant return to the Bluff City for this year’s IBC, winning the whole thing in the Solo/Duo category, as well as the Best Solo Guitarist overall.  He has turned that success into the release of “Moving,” his debut for the Vizztone label.  There are eleven originals and one scintillating cover that show his prowess as a traditional bluesman, picker, and storyteller.

The set is predominantly Little G and his guitars, but there are a few “band cuts” that utilize Bruce Nazzaro on harp, Danny Vinson on rhythm guitar, Dustin Sergeant on bass, and Adam Goodhue on drums.  However, no amps were used, making this a truly acoustic set.

G starts the show with “Shook It And Broke It,” a tale of a run of bad luck at love.  “Boogie Through My Troubles” is a sprightly, country-blues-flavored take on keeping a positive outlook.  “On My Way To Memphis” finds G headin’ “Down on Union,” not to play music, but to see “that sweet woman of mine.”  The title cut traces G’s life as a troubadour, and the set closes with “Swing In The Middle,” a tongue-in-cheek look at “too much month at the end of the money.”

We had three favorites, too.  The lone cover is the traditional “Let’s Talk It Over (Come Back Baby)” and G’s haunting vocal is the epitome of the pleading lover.  G’s slide gets a workout on the slyly-clever “No Man In My Bed,” which takes a different look at coveting thy neighbor’s wife.  And, G tells us all that Lance Armstrong was “the Fastest Man” on two wheels, but is not to be judged, for “whatever’s done is done,” and he is “not the only one” with flaws.

It’s easy to see why the judges at the IBC were so impressed by Little G Weevil.  He is a charismatic performer with a full grasp on the deep, passionate sounds of the Delta masters, and “Moving” allows his intense creativity to shine through!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society

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