Brad Wilson review…October 8, 2013…

BRAD WILSON

HANDS ON THE WHEEL

BLUES BOULEVARD RECORDS  250353

HANDS ON THE WHEEL–ROCKET–NOBODY BUT YOU–ALL KINDS OF A FOOL–THE ROAD BACK TO YOU–CRUISIN THE COAST–THE BALLAD OF JOHN LEE–BLUES MAGIC–LAST CALL–SLIDE ON OVER–HOT STUFF–I’M STILL BREATHING–MY ONE DESIRE–ROLL WITH ME

Hailing from California, Brad Wilson plays an incendiary brand of blues-rock that is perfect for your  next road trip, either with the top down, or, if you are so inclined, astride your Harley.  On his latest set for Blues Boulevard Records, “Hands On The Wheel,” Brad covers a lot of ground over the course of these fourteen originals, and holds absolutely nothin’ back as far as the guitar goes.  Along with his blistering guitar attack, he’s got one of those gritty, rough-hewn vocal deliveries that just begs for bluesy material such as this.

This set leads off with the title cut, a stone cold ode to the open road, where “I feel free.”  “Rocket” is another hot rocker that pays tribute to those machines of “American steel” and “Detroit wheels.”  Brad breaks off a cool slide solo at the bridge on this one.  He finds himself asking for another chance with a lover, as he realizes he’d be “All Kinds Of A Fool for losing you,” while Francesca Capasso adds duet vocals and promises to help see him thru the night after “blues and Last Call.”   “Cruisin The Coast” is a breezy, dueling-guitars, Southern-rock-influenced instrumental, while the set closes with Brad’s request to another lover to “Roll With Me” thru life’s long journey.

We had two favorites, too.  Brad’s lookin’ for a shot of “Hot Stuff on a restless night” to cure his ills, set over a very danceable groove with scratchin’ guitar fills.  And, Brad plays the “end;ess boogie” for all it’s worth in the roadhouse-rockin’, freight-train-a-comin’  “Ballad Of John Lee.”   He unleashes wave after wave of scalding-hot staccato notes as he describes “Boogie Chillen” and “a man and the blues.”

Brad Wilson has crafted a red-hot set of blues-rock that plays well alongside his recent works featured in two John Carpenter films, “Vampire” and “Ghosts Of Mars.”  With “Hands On The Wheel,” he casts his lot as one of the baddest and boldest players in contemporary blues!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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