D’Mar and Gill review…Labor Day, 2015…

D’MAR AND GILL

TAKE IT LIKE THAT

AIRTIGHT RECORDS

I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE BLUES–BACK TO PARADISE–SONG FOR HONEYBOY–SOUVENIR OF THE BLUES–DANCIN’ GIRL–YOU NEVER KNOW–THREE WAY INN–MUST BE LOVE–TAKE IT LIKE THAT–SWEET TOOTH–LONESOME FOR LEAVIN’–TORE DOWN AND BLUE–SINCE I SAW YOU

Chris Gill has been playing some deep Delta blues for ’bout fifteen years or so.  Drummer Derrick “D’Mar” Martin spent fifteen years in Little Richard’s band, so you know he can keep a’knockin’ with the best of ’em.  When these two players combine their talents, something really special always happens.  Evidence their 2011 debut, “Real Good Friends” as an example, and take note of their latest release—thirteen original cuts that comprise “Take It Like That,” which sends the listener on a cool musical journey thru the Delta and on down the mighty Mississippi, with some jazzy island-flavored riffs along the way!

There is a fine, socially-conscious cut that has a decided blues feel.  An ominous, percussive background rides over Chris singing of “children learning talents in school” that have nothing to do “with the Golden Rule,” and he urges us all to keep on pushin’ to ” find our way Back To Paradise.”  The “Song For Honeyboy” (Edwards) is a slide-driven boogie that tells of this bluesman’s “real good friend that travels with me everywhere”—his ole guitar!  “Dancin’ Girl tips its hat to the Hill Country, while “Sweet Tooth” has Chris longing for “that sweet sugar you got,” with backing vocals from Lisa Andersen.

We had two favorites, too.  The fellows riff on a little bit of ragtime down at the “Three Way Inn,” where, even if “that big-legged woman drinks all your wine,” you can still “have a real good time!”  And, the set leads off with a tune that reminded us of when we got into the blues in our younger days.  Chris was diggin’ WNOE and WDIA, and, even the ole Wolfman howlin’ down in Del Rio, TX, as he recounts the swingin’  tale of how “I Fell In Love With The Blues.”

D’Mar and Gill have shown us where the next generation will lead the blues, and it’s headed to a sweet place, indeed.  Enjoy “Take It Like That” from these two fantastic talents!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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