Forrest McDonald Band review…June 11, 2014…

FORREST MCDONALD BAND

TURNAROUND BLUES

WORLD TALENT RECORDS

TURNAROUND BLUES–CHECKING ON MY BABY–RIVER OF TEARS–CROSS MY HEART–I’M A FOOL–V-8 FORD–R &  R BYE BYE BYE–ONLY LOVE–WOMAN ACROSS THE OCEAN–FUNNY THING BABY–NOW I KNOW–STAY OR WALK AWAY–TWO FOR THE MONEY, PARTS 1 & 2 (INST.)

Yes sir, buddy.  That indeed is Austin native Forrest McDonald’s guitar all over one of the most recognizable songs of the entire rock era, Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock And Roll.”  It’s been used to sell cat food and Tom  Cruise immortalized it in film in “Risky Business.”   (You can read all about how it came to pass on Forrest’s website, and also over at  http://www.songfacts.com–it is a very cool story!)   Forrest has a bluesman’s soul, tho, and he has just released his twelfth set for World Talent Records, “Turnaround Blues,”  fourteen cuts that show why Forrest McDonald has had a career that covers some fifty years—he’s a helluva guitar player who can bring a crowd to its feet with a driving boogie shuffle, or bring ’em to their knees with a slow-burner, and even get a bit tripped-out on the spacey jam that he shares with Tony Carey that closes the set, “Two or The Money.”

Along with Forrest on guitars and Tony on keys, there is Andrew Black on vocals, Lee Gammon on bass, John McKnight on drums, and Jon Liebman on vocals and harp.  They really lay down a tight groove over the whole set, starting with the rockin’ funk of the title cut, a song that Forrest has been playing since 1972.  Jon Liebman’s harp drives Junior Wells’ “Checking On My Baby,” and he and Tony do some serious wailing on “Cross My Heart.”

As the set progresses, the music turns a deeper, darker shade of blue, and the fellows get into some ferocious jamming.  “Woman Across The Ocean” is Forrest’s and Andrew’s “answer” to Freddie King’s “Woman Across The River,” and this one has a happier ending, and Andrew sho’ nuff kicks ass on the vocal, too. He shines on another slow blues, too, Forrest’s tribute to the classic sounds of the 40’s and 50’s, “Only Love.”

We had two favorites, too.  Jon Liebman burns up the reeds on his harp and the grooves on the record on the Chicago blues classic, Cotton’s kinda-morbidly-funny tale of “ridin’ down to your burial in my V-8 Ford!”  Presented here as a slow blues, it’s a killer.  And, Andrew Black turns in perhaps the set’s most outstanding vocal performance, reminiscent of Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, on the soulful “I’m A Fool,” another good ‘un that Forrest has had in his back pocket since 1970.

Forrest McDonald pulls no punches.  Everything he plays is “Certified Blue” all  the way through.  With “Turnaround Blues,’ he and the band have cooked up another sure-fire winner!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: