FEEL THESE BLUES
AMERICAN SHOWPLACE MUSIC ASM 5115
FEEL THESE BLUES–ALL BECAUSE OF YOU–IN SEPTEMBER–THE BLUES IS BACK–BABY PLEASE DON’T YOU GO–35 MILES OUTSIDE OF MEMPHIS–WORLD DON’T STOP TURNING–WHEN THE BLUES COME AROUND–THAT’S WHERE YOU ARE–YOU’RE WRONG–PURPLE RAIN
Slam Allen literally cut his teeth on the blues. Growing up, he played guitar and sang in the Allen Family Band, and gained notoriety as the frontman for the James Cotton Band for nine years. A dynamite player and vocalist, he brings his high-powered style of blues to his latest release for American Showplace Music, “Feel These Blues,” Along with Slam on guitar and vocals, we also have Jeff Anderson on bass, Dan Fadel on drums, and our good friend John Ginty on keys.
Slam kicks out the jams with the smokin’ groove of the title cut, with his exhortation for everyone to “Feel These Blues,” complete with a cool Howlin’ Wolf imitation! He sets up a sweet minor-key groove with the story of a man who everybody says is crazy, but “It’s All Because Of You.”
John Ginty and Slam are in perfect timing as Slam tries to mend a lover’s heart while navigating traffic “35 Miles Outside Of Memphis!” He tells an ex that “The World Don’t Stop Turning just because you’re not around!” This one is a scorchingly-hot slow blues. Slam shows off some smooth, classic soul grooves with “In September” and “Can’t Break Away From That Girl,” and busts out some funky, danceable beats with “When The Blues Come Around.” He closes the set on a powerful high, with a strong cover of “Purple Rain.”
We had two favorites, too. He gets his mojo workin’ with the (pardon the pun) slammin’ good news for music lovers everywhere, “The Blues Is Back and you can’t make ’em go away!” He follows that up with another rocker, a stone plea to his lover, “Baby Please Don’t You Go,” with a great Otis impression as he tries a little tenderness to keep her!
Slam Allen is one of those performers who is a pure joy to listen to. His passion and enthusiasm for this great music shows throughout these grooves, and you can’t help but “Feel These Blues!” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.