Archive for December, 2015

Laurence Jones review…December 7, 2015…

LAURENCE JONES

WHAT’S IT GONNA BE

RUF RECORDS  1216

WHAT’S IT GONNA BE–DON’T NEED NO REASON–EVIL–TOUCH YOUR MOONLIGHT–DON’T LOOK BACK (FEAT. SANDI THOM)–ALL I NEED–BEING ALONE–GOOD MORNING BLUES–CAN’T GET ENOUGH (FEAT. DANA FUCHS)–SET IT FREE–STOP MOVING THE HOUSE

Britain’s Laurence Jones has done a lot already in his blues career, for such a young man.  In 2014, he toured the world as part of the Ruf Records Blues Caravan, and, this past June, at age 23, joined luminaries such as Jools Holland, Van Morrison, Eric Burdon and many others at the Royal Albert Hall in a tribute to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter.  And, he found the time to write nine of the eleven cuts that comprise his latest Ruf CD, “What’s It Gonna Be.”  A fine example of “power trio” blues-rock, Laurence and his blistering guitar paint sonic portraits of his hopes, dreams, fears, and desires thru the eyes of a young man already compared to Clapton and Buddy Guy.

The set leads off with the power-chord crunch of the title cut, a tune described by Laurence as a tribute to the “unknowns” in his life and things the future holds.  “Touch Your Moonlight” and “All I Need” are brimming with the exuberance of youth and “time for me to play!”  “Don’t Need No Reason” is a cold shot of roadhouse blues, as young Mr. Jones tells a lover that “I don’t need to be told what to do!”  It features a fiery, lengthy solo at the bridge.  “Good Morning Blues” is Laurence’s stompin’ ode to Lead Belly, with snippets from the original as an intro.  And, the set closes on a humorous note, with a nod to SRV-styled shuffles, telling the tale of a man who’s had so much to drink he can’t find his way home, so “Stop Moving The House!”

We had two favorites, too.  Dana Fuchs adds her incendiary vocals on a duet with Laurence on Bad Company’s “Can’t Get Enough.”  And, perhaps the set’s most powerful piece is another duet, this one with Scottish lass Sandi Thom on “Don’t Look Back,” as Laurence paints a cautionary tale of not living in the past and remaining positive in life.

Laurence Jones also suffers from Crohn’s Disease, and has graciously donated time and money to “Crohn’s And Colitis UK” to combat this malady.  His triple-threat talents–his guitar wizardry, singing, and composing–are undeniable, and “What’s It Gonna Be” is a “must-hear!”  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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R. B. Stone review…December 5, 2015…

R. B. STONE

SOME CALL IT FREEDOM

(SOME CALL IT THE BLUES)

MIDDLE MOUNTAIN MUSIC   MMM  11415

HILL COUNTRY STOMP–SOME CALL IT FREEDOM–35 MILES TO MOBILE–YO YO LOVER–MIND YOUR BIZNESS–ANOTHER THIEF–NICKAJACK–YOU DON’T WANT ME–WON’T STOP ROCKIN’–WEAPONS OF MASS PERSUASION–STANDIN’ ON TOP OF THE WORLD

R. B. Stone was introduced to music by his parents, with his mom showing him some basic piano chords.  Soon, he’d learned “Lean On Me,” and has come quite a long way since those days of his youth.  He has just released his third solo project, “Some Call It Freedom (Some Call It The Blues), for Middle Mountain Music.  It is the follow-up to his very well-received last set, “Loosen Up.”

This set is a fine collection of good ole down-home blues based around R. B.’s many influences that he’s drawn from over his career.  He’s on vocals, harp, and all guitars, with Terrance Houston on drums, Randy Coleman and Josh Fairman on bass, and one of our best friends from the Nashville Blues Society, Larry Van Loon, all over the keys.

R. B. comes out firin’ on all 8 with a nod to North Mississippi, with the hearty vibe of that mighty, “righteous sound of the Hill Country Stomp.”  This one pays a sweet tribute to all the greats from that region, from T-Model Ford to Kenny Brown and everyone in between.  Being able to look at life as “the glass is half empty” is the key to the title cut, because, “If you ain’t got no money, you got no money to lose.”  R. B. gets in some fine slide licks on this one, too.

Larry brings a cool New Orleans flavor to “Mind Your Bizness” with that groovy piano, and R. B. busts out a cigar-box guitar that belonged to John Nickle on a Hill Country-meets-Appalachia instrumental entitled “Nickajack.”  He closes the set with a damn fine jam, “Standin’ On Top Of The World,” featuring guitar from Austin Young, with everyone getting a healthy solo.

We had two favorites, too.  R. B.’s autobiography plays out in “Won’t Stop Rockin,” with Larry adding some deep boogie-woogie piano.  A cool stop-time-ish tune about a sho’ nuff foxey lady and her many “Weapons Of Mass Persuasion” features slide from another good friend of ours, Tim “Too Slim” Langford.

R. B. Stone has pulled out all the stops and taken no prisoners with “Some Call It Freedom (Some Call It The Blues).  As he’ll gladly tell you, it’s ok to just “crank it up and shake ’em on down!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

Julie Rhodes single…December 1, 2015…

JULIE RHODES

IN YOUR GARDEN

FROM HER FORTHCOMING ALBUM

BOUND TO MEET THE DEVIL

COMING FEBRUARY 2016

Julie Rhodes has already drawn comparisons to Shovels And Rope, and even Bonnie Raitt and Etta James.  This gem of a single reminded us also of The Civil Wars with its brooding beat and her ethereal, down-to-earth vocals.  To hear it on Soundcloud, try this link:https://soundcloud.com/julierhodes/01-julie-rhodes-in-your-garden/s-4KGXN

Or go to the Facebook page of Don Crow or PR whiz Nick Loss-Eaton to hear this amazing singer!

 

Until later…

 

Don Crow