Dexter Allen review…July 3, 2014…

DEXTER ALLEN

BLUEZ OF MY SOUL

DEEP RUSH RECORDS

COMING HOME TO MISSISSIPPI–RIDE THIS TRAIN–STILL CALLED THE BLUEZ–MONK DONKY–COME OUT AND PLAY–HAVE A TIME–BLUEZ PARTY–DEEP INSIDE–PUDDIN AND RICE–I DOUBT IT–THAT SAME THANG

One of the best jobs in all of the blues world simply has to be as guitarist in Bobby Rush’s band.  On the one hand, you get to watch one of the true blues masters ply his craft on stage every night. And, on the other hand, there are those two booty-licious dancers about ten feet in front of you!  All jokes aside, tho, Dexter Allen did spend several years as Bobby’s guitarist, playing all over the USA as well as France, Spain, and Germany, and many other foreign lands.  Dexter has just released his third album overall, entitled “Bluez Of My Soul,” but this one is just a little different.  Yep, Bobby Rush himself has endorsed Dexter by releasing this set of originals on hs own Deep Rush label.

Bobby has a ton of respect for Dexter, saying that he sees Dexter as a younger version of himself.  Dexter had a background in gospel before joining Bobby’s revue,  and those experiences have certainly paid off in his solo career.  Dexter can play virtually any instrument, but sticks mainly to guitar and a little bass over these eleven cuts.

Dexter sho’ nuff knows how to have a good time, and makes sure you have one, too!  Bobby Rush blows the harp over Dexter’s opening cut, letting everybody know that no matter how many great places you visit, there’s nothing better than “Coming Home To Mississippi,” and that good ole “cotton and catfish!”  It’s also a positive message tune,  because there’s nothing more important than love of family!”   “Bluez Party” keeps the good times rolling, as does “Have A Party,’ where it’s a sure bet that “no one is going home alone tonight!”   ‘Deep Inside” is a powerful ballad done in tribute to his lover, while he closes the set with a serious shot of funk, talkin’ ’bout “That Same Thang that makes the birds and the bees all get along,” again featuring Bobby on harp.

We had two favorites, too.  “Monk Donky” is a call-to-arms to all the women to hit the dance floor and shake their favorite body parts!  This one has Dexter really smokin’ the strings at the bridge, too.  “Still Called The Bluez” touches on some topical subjects, such as “mothers against daughters,” and “everybody lookin’ for an easy way out,” as well as the fact that now “a lot of people have money, but they still have problems, too!”

Dexter Allen is proving himself very worthy of the praise heaped upon him by Bobby Rush.  With the stone-cold funk of “Bluez Of My Soul,” it’s easy to see why!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.

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