Elvin Killerbee review…April 26, 2014…

ELVIN KILLERBEE

STRAIGHT LINES/CURVES/AND/ANGLES

EK RECORDS

TOMBSTONE–CLOSER–TO GO AWAY–LOVER MAN–WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM–YOU COULD LEAN–ALONE–BE MY LOVER

When our good friend Shannon Williford told us that fellow Louisiana native, guitarist Elvin Killerbee, had put out a new album, we jumped at the chance to review it.   it is entitled “Straight Lines/Curves/And/Angles” on EK Records.  It is eight of Elvin’s originals, and, if you love good blues guitar along the lines of SRV and Hendrix, and a vocal style that is richly-reminiscent of his homeland, then you will love  this set.  And, the title of the album gives a hint of things to come, as several of the cuts have tricky time signatures and chord changes, often in mid-song.

Joining Elvin on this album is the core band of Willy B. Lowe on bass, and Kevin Ellerbee on drums.  Those drums play a big role in the acoustic set-opener, “Tombstone,” pounding out a dark and stormy rhythm pattern over Elvin’s lonesome lyrics about a man whose “heart is like a Tombstone,’ and “loneliness is all I know.”  “Closer” is an all-electric love song, with Elvin declaring that “you take more than my breath away!”  Midway thru, his guitar goes into dream-space territory, before coming back to the melody hittin’ on all 8.  “What’s Your Problem” deals with a woman who has some serious commitment issues, and the chugging beat and solo might remind some of SRV’s “Cold Shot.”  “You Could Lean” is another tale of a wild woman who likes to throw her weight around the relationship, leading Elvin to tell her “you ain’t nothing but a big ol’ bucket of disgrace!”  This one is augmented by some cool harp from “The Colonel” John Fuhrman.

We had two favorites, too.  Elvin plays a sweet ballad in “To Go Away,”  the story of a love affair sinking fast.  He does all he can to save things, even vowing to “swallow my pride and let the pieces fall where they lay.’  And, he does a bit of braggin’ and struttin’ on the rockin’ song about a man who THINKS he’s a lover, but Elvin is a REAL “Lover Man,” vowing to “take your world and rock it twice!”

Fans, it’s great to see “Straight Lines/Curves/And/Angles”  from Elvin Killerbee.  It’s an excellent blues-rock album with subtle, intricate, and powerful cuts guaranteed to please blues fans everywhere!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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