Dave Weld and the Imperial Flames review… October 17, 2015…

DAVE WELD AND THE IMPERIAL FLAMES

SLIP INTO A DREAM

DELMARK RECORDS  DE 842

SLIP INTO A DREAM–SWEET ROCKIN’ SOUL–LOOKING FOR A MAN–TAKE ME BACK–MAY BE RIGHT, MAY BE WRONG–SWEET LOVE (DULCE AMOR)–LOUISE –TREMBLE–WALK ON DOWN–DOROTHY MAE–TOO BAD, SO SAD–20% ALCOHOL–SLIP INTO A DREAM (REPRISE)

Dave Weld is an extraordinarily-talented slide guitar player from Chicago.  His band, The Imperial Flames, have appeared in twenty-six states at last count, and show no signs of slowing down.  In fact, their latest set for Delmark, “Slip Into A Dream,’ is one of their most varied and exciting sets to date!

Dave got bandleader advice and life advice from mentor, J. B. Hutto, himself a Chicago slide legend.  And, when J. B.’s nephews formed Li’l Ed and the Blues Imperials, Dave was a part of it all, on rhythm guitar.  On this set, virtually  all the players get a vocal, and there are several special guests as well.  The set starts with the deep, West-Side flavor of the title cut, with fine duet vocals from Dave’s writing and life partner, Monica Myhre.  She has a lot of fun with the rowdy “Looking For A Man,” and who shows up on harp is none other than Bobby Rush!  There are a couple of rockin’ Fifties-styled cuts, too–the frenetic pace of “Sweet Rockin’ Soul,” and another good one from Monica, “Louise.”  She gets her sultry groove on with the sweet-and-sassy “Walk On Down,” a good slow-blues workout for Dave’s slide as she convinces him to “walk down to Room 293 for some real fun!”  And, Buddy’s son, Greg Guy, adds guitar on a tale of love gone waaay wrong, “Too Bad, So Sad.”

We had two favorites, too.  Bobby’s on harp again as Dave pays tribute to “uncle J. B.” on the set’s sole cover, the raucous “20% Alcohol.”  And, “May Be Right, May Be Wrong” is a fine, blue-collar, stop-time tale of Dave “workin’ hard all day long, just to get back to you!”

How far back do we go with Dave Weld?  Well, on Friday night,  June 17, 1994, O. J. Simpson was all over the news with that “freeway chase,” but all the cool kids  were at the Boardwalk Cafe in South Nashville to see Li’l Ed And The Blues Imperials, and Dave was on rhythm that night.  Still strokin’, Dave is back and better than ever with “Slip Into A Dream!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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