Giles Corey review…May 7, 2014….

GILES COREY’S

STONED SOUL

DELMARK RECORDS    DE 834

OH MADEMOISELLE–MORNING TRAIN–DON’T LET THE GREEN GRASS FOOL YOU–TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK–PORK AND BEANS–BRIGHT LIGHTS–RITA–RIGHT ON!–IT’S ALL BEEN SAID BEFORE–WATCH MYSELF GO CRAZY–THAT GIRL IS BAD–HOME IS ON MY MIND–EVERY TIME I SEE YOUR FACE

We first heard the outstanding guitar work of Giles Corey thru his playing with fellow Delmark artists Mississippi Heat.  He did a fine vocal on their album, “Hattiesburg Blues,” with his original, “Say Something Good.”  He’s been wowing the crowds on the Chicago scene for over twenty years, and boldly steps out on his own with the release of “Stoned Soul,” a very impressive collection of originals and covers that show a ferocious, sometimes raw sound that is at once contemporary but rooted deeply in the Chicago traditions that he has played throughout his career.

Joining Giles on this excursion are Marty Sammon on keys, Joewaun Scott on bass, Rick King on drums, and Pat Otto on mandola.  They’ve all spent time with Giles in one band or another over the years, and have that keen feel for what his sound is all about.

First off is the funky, wah-wah-and-slide-heavy strut of “Oh Mademoiselle.”  Pat Otto’s mandola evokes  memories of Johnny Young  as Giles spins a tale about a lover driving him straight to that “Morning Train,” after she “stole my motorcycle, part by part!”  Rick King takes the vocal on the vintage soul of “Right On!,” while Marty Sammon sings the lonely tale of a man stuck in a love affair, “runnin’ so hard but still not goin’ nowhere,” “Watch Myself Go Crazy.”  His keys work takes some nifty jazz turns in this one.

We had three favorites, too.  Corey gives and an old-school, almost ragtime, read of “Time Flies When You’re Drunk,” and memories of old lovers are conjured up.  This one features more eight-stringin’ from Pat.  Corey’s beginning to “Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You”  initially stays in line with Pickett’s version, until his guitar takes this one to a hyper-space climax!  And, Giles’  slide is hell-bent-for-leather ridin’ over the freight-train-outta-control, Hill-country beat of Cedric Burnside’s “That Girl Is Bad!”

Taking their name from a wealthy landowner stoned to death for allegedly being a warlock in Salem,  Massachusetts, in 1692, Giles Corey has certainly crafted a set of blues for the 21st Century.  “Stoned Soul” is dripping with the energy of one of Chicago’s finest bands!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow…Nashville Blues Society.

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