Jim Allchin review…September 7, 2013…

JIM ALLCHIN

Q.E.D.

CD–JA-003

STOP AND GO–GETTIN’ OLD–CHIME BLUES–REAP WHAT YOU SOW–TRUST ME (FEAT. MYCLE WASTMAN)–THINKING OF YOU–TRASH–RUNNING AWAY–TRIED AND TRUE–DROWNIN’–EVIL MINDED WOMAN–COME ON HOME–NO WAY OUT

Jim Allchin was born on an orange grove in a yet-to-be-developed rural area of central Florida.  On the side, he played guitar as a teen, leaning toward blues and Latin music.  But, his affinity for math and the growing computer industry sent him to his first career in software with Microsoft.  A health scare caused him to take a serious look at his “bucket list,” topped  by becoming a bluesman full-time.  Now completely cured, he’s still blazing a path in contemporary blues.  His follow-up to 2011’s “Overclocked” is here, this one entitled “QED.”  it’s thirteen cuts that show Jim’s incredible chops and a vocal style that fits his material perfectly.

Jim takes varied looks at people, love, and life in general with his own unique visions.  The leadoff “Stop And Go” is a blast of blues-rock that tackles the eternal yin and yang between men and women.  Jim’s “foot is on the gas,” but she says “go slow,” while he slyly sneaks in a reference to a sho’ nuff  “hot crankshaft.’  He takes a musical spit in the face of the doctors who told him in “Gettin’ Old” that, “son, you’d be better off dead.”

There are four outstanding instrumentals included also.  “Chime Blues” follows a breezy, jazz-inflected pattern, while Brooke Lizotte’s piano adds to the wistful dreamscape of “Thinking Of You.”  Perhaps the highlight of the whole set is the brilliant slow-burn of a man who does indeed appear to be “Drownin” in his own blues.  And, the set closes with a Latin flurry, “No Way Out.”

We had two favorites, too.  “Tried And True,” the tale of a cheatin’ lover, and “Trash,” which deals with Jim gettin’ rid of all the bad things in his life, both are reminiscent of the great shuffles from Albert Collins, due not only to his icy, stinging lead work, but to the witty humor of the lyrics as well.

In translation,  “Q. E. D.” is Latin for “that which must be proved.  As for Jim Allchin, he’s got absolutely nothin’ left to prove as a bluesman.  And, in the world of contemporary blues, we’ll close with another well-turned phrase that explains Jim best–“Veni Vidi Vici”—he came, he saw, and he conquered!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society

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