Josh Garrett review…May 13, 2015…

THE JOSH GARRETT BAND

HONEY FOR MY QUEEN

SELF-RELEASED

HONEY FOR MY QUEEN–BACK FROM MEMPHIS–SAME BOAT–GOODNIGHT GOODNIGHT–SLIDE IN G–EASY CHAIR–WHOLE BOTTLE OF WINE–AIN’T NOBODY’S BUSINESS–DAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME–MOONSHINE AND CIGARETTES

Josh Garrett is another in a long line of great bluesmen from Louisiana.  He’s spent some time here in Nashville, even releasing a double-live album from Printer’s Alley in 2009.  His latest release, and fourth overall, is a stomp-down good ‘un.  “Honey For My Quuen” is ten cuts steeped in the soul and tradition of his homeland with hints of the places he’s been sprinkled throughout.

That’s one of the underlying themes of this set—it seems that Josh enjoys being on the road almost as much as being at home with his family.  He starts off with the title cut, a mid-tempo rocker dealing with perserverance in a relationship, comparing himself to a “worker bee,” who “brings Honey For My Queen.”  Tasteful harp and piano add to the fun, courtesy of Clay White and CR Gruver, respectively.  The venerable James Johnson, a Louisiana legend who played guitar on Slim Harpo’s “Baby Scratch My Back,” adds guitar and duet vocals on “Same Boat, different river,” and Josh puts his lover at ease, comparing himself to her “glass of wine” and her “Easy Chair.”  This one’s full of Josh’s fiery licks and equally-impressive B-3 from CR.  Josh turns in some sweet slow-blues on “Ain’t Nobody’s Business,” then does a 180 with the driving “Dat’s Alright With Me,” with hot fiddle from Waylon Thibodeaux.  The set closes wsith Josh’s humorous take on having one too many excesses, “Moonshine And Cigarettes are gonna be the death of me!”  Josh’s scratchin’ guitar and CR’s second-line piano groove makes this one irresistible.

We had two favorites, too.  Josh’s account of Hurricane Gustav and escaping its wrath by getting out of Louisiana by “driving northbound in the southbound lane” is entitled “Back From Memphis.”  And, Josh sets up a cool, chicken-pickin’ groove in the tale of a lover who indulges way too much, a  “Whole Bottle Of Wine and you know she’s feelin’ fine!”

Josh Garrett tries to delicately balance his love for the road with his love for home.  Thru the cuts on “Honey For My Quuen,” he makes us all a part of this sweet journey!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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