JC Smith review…May 30, 2015…

THE JC SMITH BAND

LOVE MECHANIC

COZMIK RECORDS CR-CD-006

JUMP FOR JOY–COLD SWEAT–COME ON HOME TO ME–LOVE MECHANIC–RING AROUND THE TUB–YONDER WALL–BAD BAD FEELING–LAST NIGHT–TALK TO ME BABY–ROCKET TO THE MOON–FIVE LONG YEARS–AIN’T NO STRANGER

JC Smith and his band are one of the hottest, hi-octane outfits in the San Francisco Bay area.  They have won numerous awards, including the 2012 Metro Newspapers Best Of Silicon Valley with Best Original/Local Band.  JC is on guitar and vocals, and utilizes a full horn and keys section to lay down an irresistible groove that’s hard to beat.  His latest release for Cozmik Records is “Love Mechanic,” and the varied blues, funk, swing and soul cuts herein show why crowds dig him so much.

Leading off is a good shot of West Coast swing, the jive-and-wail of “Jump For Joy,” one of JC’s originals.  From there we go right into “Maceo” mode, as JC and the band funk up the place in a “Cold Sweat,” and do it to death a little later with “Yonder Wall.”

“Bad Bad Feeling” is a pure shot of the Delta, with its country-blues feel, and its tales of “back door men” and “black cat bones.”  There are two fine examples of slow-blues, too, that give JC and the fellows a chance to stretch out a bit.  “Last Night” is done in tribute to many of our blues legends who have passed on, as Todd Reid’s soulful B-3work takes the place of Little Walter’s harp.  And, JC “works that steel mill like a slave” in a six-minute slow-burn of “Five Long Years.”  The set closes with a Toronzo Cannon cover, as JC lets the world know that “I Ain’t No Stranger in your town, as long as the blues are around!”

We had two favorites, too.  Another blistering funker is the title cut, as our “Love Mechanic” wants to give all the ladies a “check-up under your hood!”  And, he takes us all to church with another original, the testifyin’ plea for a lover to please “Come On Home To Me.”

One thing you can say about most of the cuts on the JC Smith Band’s “Love Mechanic.”—get on your dancin’ shoes, because you can “shake a tailfeather like a broke-neck goose!”  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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