The John Weeks Band review…October 5, 2014…

JOHN WEEK BAND

JOHN WEEKS BAND

SELF-RELEASED

ALL  NIGHT–DEVIL IN MY HOUSE–WHY DON’T WE SLEEP ON IT–HOW CAN YOU LOVE ME–I WANT TO GET BACK HOME–YOU NEVER SAY WHAT YOU MEAN–MOVING ON

For their debut CD, the John Weeks Band blend all their influences over the last twenty years or so into the brash, bold blues that comprise the seven originals on this set.  John Weeks was born in France, and cut his teeth playing in the clubs around Paris in the 1990’s.  His guitar styles embody classic Delta and Chicago sounds, with a nod to modern contemporary as well.  Andras Csapo (AC) hails from Hungary, and his harp and B-3 work give nods to Muddy and Charlie Musselwhite.  Add in Curtis Hawkins on bass and Chooch Molinario on drums, and they lay down a deep groove that comes along with years of playing together.

John’s Texas influence is heard in the leadoff cut, “All Night,” with his lead work trading off over AC’s keyboard lines.  The deep, dark mud of the Delta is all over the acoustic-and-harp-driven tale of excesses, be they “heroin, hatred, jealousy, or spite,” entitled “Devil In My House.”  “Why Don’t We Sleep On It” is a rocked-out instrumental along the classic vein of Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, with stellar harp and guitar interplay.  The fellows get into a slow groove on the minor-key story of a love gone South in “How Can You Love Me?”  “I Want To Get Back Home” rocks along with funky staccato guitar leads and more big harp from AC.   “You Never Say What You Mean” has a jazzy, contemporary groove, while the set closes with perhaps its  most unusual cut.  “Moving On” chronicles the end of another love affair gone bad, this one set over a bouncing groove and AC’s killer B-3 riff.  John gets in some wild, spaced-out guitar work to close this one out.

Now based out of Denver, CO, The John Weeks Band has come full-circle.  Their eclectic, breakthrough sound of this  self-titled debut is a welcomed shot of good blues, indeed!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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