JC CRossfire review…August 18, 2013….

JC CROSSFIRE

WHEN IT COMES TO THE BLUES

BLUZPIK MEDIA GROUP

WHEN IT COMES TO THE BLUES–DELIZA–GRAND OLE GIRL–BLUES BLUES BLUES–TELL ME WHY–ONE MORE TIME–AMERICAN WAY–CHOSEN ONE–I WONDER

 

JC Crossfire and his band hail from the Ft. Lauderdale, FL, area, and their latest release is entitled “When It Comes To The Blues,” and consists of nine strong originals, either written wholly by JC or Bernie Rose and Tony Calabria.  JC handles the guitars and vocals, Bernie is on keys and vocals, Tony is on bass and vocals, with Guido Marciano on drums and Niles Blaize on the harp.

JC and the fellows lay down some serious, roadhouse-rockin, good-time blues on this set.  It kicks off with the loping, acoustic “biography” of sorts for JC, name-checking all his likes and many of his guitar heroes in “When It Comes To The Blues,” which features a cool, ‘lectrified solo at the bridge.  “Deliza” and “Grand Ole Girl” are both fine exampleas of rockin’ blues, while JC closes the set with another acoustic-electric hybrid, entitled “I Wonder.”  It weaves a tale of a love affair compared to “stormy weather, and follows a sweet, mid-tempo groove, but, sadly, ends just as it starts gettin’ good .

We had two favorites, too.  “One More Time” is a piano-and-harp-driven rocker that’s geared for JC’s fans to heat up the dance floor.  And, an extended intro that gets everyone involved then kicks into high gear with JC’s vocals over a funky beat is a rather stinging piece of social commentary, “American Way.”  With its tales of “television politicians” and “everybody I know is broke,” the “American Way has become a big joke!”  This one oughta be required listening for all the powers-that-be on Capitol Hill!

JC Crossfire is a soulful vocalist and a proven guitarist who has surrounded himself with some top-notch talent as his backing crew.  And, “When It Comes To The Blues,” he sho’ nuff knows what he’s talking about!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.

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