Alastair Greene Band review…July 10, 2014….

ALASTAIR GREENE BAND

TROUBLE AT YOUR DOOR

ECLECTO GROOVE RECORDS  EGRCD 516

PEOPLE–TROUBLE AT YOUR DOOR–BACK WHERE I BELONG–RED WINE WOMAN–FIRST BORN SON–LOVE YOU SO BAD–LAST TRAIN AROUND THE SUN–CALLING FOR YOU–MAKE THE DEVIL’S DAY–STRANGE FEELING–PRETTY PRICE TO PAY–THE SWEETEST HONEY

Progressive rock fans may be familiar with the guitar wizardry of Alastair Greene thru his works with the Alan Parsons Project, as he played on Parsons’ 2004 release, “A Valid Path,” and has toured with them since 2010.  Alastair has also led his own power trio in the SoCal region since 1997.  He believes that the current lineup playing with him has helped him reach new creative heights, and has defined the sound he has been seeking.  As such, “Trouble At Your Door” is the latest release from the Alastair Greene Band, and shows they are a force to be reckoned with in the pantheon of blues-rock trios.  Along with Alastair on guitars and vocals, we also have  Jim Rankin on bass and Austin Beede on drums.

This set simply drips with the power and passion of Alastair’s playing and singing.  Certainly there are elements of blues-rock, as well as stone Delta blues and even a nod to his prog-rock days throughout the course of these twelve originals.

Leading off are a pair of cautionary tales about choosing hate over love.  “People” follows Alastair’s churning slide as he urges us to “face the truth and make a call,” while the title cut takes a stronger, more “in-your-face” approach to “lyin’ to yourself” which is bound to lead to “Trouble At Your Door.”   The brooding, percussion-heavy “Calling For You”  recalls his Alan Parsons days, while a snarling blues riff drives the tale of a man whose life of excesses is about to send him on that “Last Train Around The Sun.”  “Make The Devil’s Day” jumps out at you with a rocked-up intro as Alastair warns of “signing on the dotted line just to buy some time!”

We had two favorites, too.  With the recent marking of the 60TH anniversary of the release of Elvis Presley’s “That’s All Right, Mama,”  Alastair gives us “Love You So Bad,” with its chugging beat and echo-effect vocals.  At mid-song, he unleashes a torrent of notes which got us to thinking what might’ve been had Sam Phillips ever had a chance to record SRV.  And, the set closes with a tale of forbidden lust with “The Sweetest Honey” as the prize.  As we listened, we thought this was a cool way to bring “Crossroads” into the 21ST Century!

Perhaps Alan Parsons himself paid the ultimate compliment to Alastair Greene, saying that he could play guitar for any band, anywhere.  Luckily for us blues fans, he’s riding high with the release of “Trouble At Your Door!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.

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