ISAIAH B. BRUNT
JUST THE WAY THAT IT GOES
SHE’S SO FINE–LET YOUR HEART KNOW–THE RIVER RUNS HIGH–PRECIOUS STONE–WITH A KISS–LOVER’S BLUES–JUST THE WAY THAT IT GOES–NEVER GIVE UP–WHICH WAY TO GO
We have been fans of Isaiah B. Brunt for quite some time, and have always been impressed with his approach to the blues. It is now our great pleasure to present this review for his latest set, “Just The Way That It Goes,” nine originals that put his solid slide mastery and vocals at the fore.
A native Australian, Brunt came all the way from Sydney to New Orleans to record this album, at the Audiophile Studios, which also serves as his first foray into electrified blues. Backing him are Richard Bird on bass, Mike Hood on keys, and N’Awlins drummer Mark Whitaker.
That devilish slide starts the proceedings with the tale of a red-hot lover who’ll “take you up real high” and “make your mind go wild,” “She’s So Fine.” Kenny Claiborne adds a mournful harp on “The River Runs High,” recalling recent floods in both Memphis and Nashville. Isaiah’s metaphor for a beautiful girl is set in “Precious Stone,” and has a barrelhouse feel thanks to great acoustic piano from Mike. An affair between young lovers that was, sadly, “never meant to be” is the theme of “Lover’s Blues,” while his storyteller’s Muse guides the title cut, the somber tale of “two lonely souls that met like ships in the night.” He reminds us all that “you may be down on your luck, you gotta keep goin’ on one step at a time” and “Never Give Up.” Isaiah’s wah-wah guitar and mellotron from David Stocker add an ethereal ambience to the set-closing “Which Way To Go.”
Isaiah B. Brunt continues to grab your attention with his solid playing and singing and astute storytelling skills. With “Just The Way That it Goes” he “amps up” his traditional sounds while staying true to his deep blues roots. Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.