CLARENCE “THE BLUES MAN” TURNER
THE CASTER BLASTER
UNIQEK SOUND RECORDS
FAME AND FORTUNE–MOJO HAND–C. C. RIDER–SABRENA–BLACK JACK–NADINE–FENDER BENDER?–HAPPILY MARRIED MAN–HEY LADY–I’M READY–PAY DAY
Clarence “The Blues Man” Turner hails from the Washington, D. C. area, and has developed quite a cult following in and around that town, thanks to not only his dazzling, fiery fretwork, but to his stage antics as well. He’s been known to use microphones, cell phones, and even harps as guitar picks!
For his sophomore release, he covers a lot of bases with the eleven cuts, eight of which are originals, that comprise “The Caster Blaster.” It’s a great amalgam of soul, funk, and even some jump blues that, coupled with the full-band ensemble that backs him, makes this one tailor-made for dancin’ and havin’ a great time! This party starts and ends the same way—with a clever bluesman taking a long, hard look at the sorry state of today’s economy. First up is “Fame And Fortune,” a punchy piece of funk that finds Clarence asking for “a little Fortune to go with all this Fame!” He closes in the same vein, bemoaning the fact that so many of us live from “paycheck to paycheck,” holding on for “Pay Day.”
Clarence struts his considerable stuff on the guitar over the course of two mighty fine instrumentals, too. First, there’s the minor-key stone slab of Sixties’ psychedelia that is “Sabrena,” with its fuzzy guitars and trippy horn parts. And, “Fender Bender?” is a tall, cool, Collins Mix that would sho’ nuff make the ole Iceman smile!
He offers up a clever ode to all the ladies who come to his shows with perhaps something else on their minds. Over a rousing, testifyin’ groove punched up by the keys and horns, he tells ’em all that “I’m A Happily Married Man!”
Our favorite was easy. “C. C. Rider” is done up Louis Jordan style, and every member of the ensemble gets a solo, making this one jump from start to end!
Clarence “The Blues Man” Turner brings us a strong dose of the blues with “The Caster Blaster.” He lets us know that, even tho things get tough sometimes, there’ll always be something to celebrate if you just hang in there long enough! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.