Breezy Rodio review…April 25, 2015…

BREEZY RODIO

SO CLOSE TO IT

WINDCHILL RECORDS 1001

WHEN MY HEART BEATS LIKE A HAMMER–SO CLOSE TO IT–JUST ABOUT TO LOSE YOUR CLOWN–WALKING WITH MY BABY (SHE SO FINE)–SNEAKING AROUND–TIME TO COME BACK HOME–TOO LAZY–MARY–THE DAY I MET YOU–I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF YOU–PLEASE ACCEPT MY LOVE–I WIN SOME MORE–ONE BROKEN HEART FOR SALE–HOW MUCH CAN A POOR MAN TAKE–EVIL HEARTED WOMAN (BONUS TRACK)

Breezy Rodio is a powerhouse guitarist, vocalist, and writer.  He started out playing in New York, but realized that the real-deal blues was in Chicago.  Thus, he moved to the Windy City a few years ago, and has never looked back. Aside from some of his own projects, (including a few reggae albums), he’s worked with Chicago legend Linsey “Hoochie Man” Alexander on his last few Delmark albums.  Breezy’s latest solo set is entitled “So Close To It,” and it is full of classic Chicago blues, both of his own creation as well as some choice covers.  There are some mighty fine special guests, too.  Billy Branch adds harp to the loping stride of “Walking With My Baby,” and name-checks Halstead, among others, for a perfect place for a stroll with that perfect girl.  Breezy is a huge fan of B. B. King also, and his expressive guitar lends itself well to a horn-drenched “Sneakin Around,” “Please Accept My Love,” (with church-ified organ from Chris Foreman), and the leadoff cut, another showcase for his dazzling fretwork, “When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer.”  The whole band cooks on a Latin-tinged take on Brother Ray’s “You’re Just About To Lose Your Clown,” and Breezy captures the soul and spirit of T-Bone Walker in “Too Lazy.” “Mary” has that stinging Albert King feel, while the deep slow blues of “The Day I Met You” features vocals from Joe Barr and Carl Weathersby.  We loved the stop-time punch of Breezy’s tale of having “women everywhere,” but “I Can’t Get Enough Of You.”  He closes the set with a live “Evil Hearted Woman,” a slow-burner perfect for “last call.”

For favorites, we chose one unusual cut and one traditional cut,  Breezy and B-3 master Chris Foreman, along with the horn section, make Presley’s “One Broken Heart For Sale” a cocktail-lounge party anthem, and Lurrie Bell’s deep guitar lines takes us right down to the alley on the original, “I Win Some More.”

Breezy Rodio is an extremely talented, versatile young man, as evidenced by his forays into other genres’ and working well with other players.  He gets down to some serious Chicago blues with “So Close To It!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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