Guy King review…March 4, 2016….

GUY KING

TRUTH

DELMARK RECORDS   DE-843

THE SAME THING THAT CAN MAKE YOU LAUGH (CAN MAKE YOU CRY)–TRUTH–MY HAPPINESS–IT’S ABOUT THE DOLLAR BILL–A DAY IN THE LIFE WITH THE BLUES–COOKIN’ IN STYLE–SEE SAW–HEY NOW–I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES–THERE MUST BE A BETTER WORLD SOMEWHERE–KING THING–BAD CASE OF LOVE–SOMETHING’S WRONG–IF THE WASHING DON’T GET YOU THE RINSING WILL–ONE HUNDRED WAYS

Guy King was born and raised in a small town in Israel.  As a young man, he came to the States, blazing guitar in tow, determined to make it as a bluesman.  After spending his youth listening to and absorbing everything he could from virtually every great guitarist, he’s taken what he’s learned and put it together with his own distinctive guitar style and soulful vocal delivery to proudly present, “Truth,” his latest release and debut for Delmark Records.  A clever mix of covers and originals that showcase his ease at handling various styles, Guy gives us shots of blues, soul, funk, and jazz over these fifteen cuts.

You can hear the Charlie Christian/George Benson influences on cuts such as the blistering instrumental, “King Thing,” and the original “My Happiness,” co-written with David Ritz, and presented here as a playful duet with Sarah Marie Young.  He touches on classic soul with a sweet read of Cropper and Covay’s “See Saw,’ and closes on a more contemporary note with a touching take on James Ingram’s “(Love Her) One Hundred Ways.”

He’s got some mighty fine blues swagger, too.  His vocals recall Ray Charles on the swingin’ “Cookin’ In Style,” “Hey Now,” and, another cool original, “A Day In The Life With The Blues.”

We had three favorites, too.  His ultra-funky guitar is a real mother for ya on a killer read of Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “It’s About The Dollar Bill,” while he brings the heat Chicago style on a cut that is sage advice for us all about what goes around coming back around, “If The Washing Don’t Get You, The Rinsing Sure Will.”  And, his penchant for a good, solid, slow-blues is featured in his version of the Doc Pomus/Dr. John classic, “There Must Be A Better World Somewhere,” Guy’s stinging,  poignant guitar lines becoming the light and the hope this song is all about.

Buddy Guy himself plainly puts it thusly–“Guy King is a BAD MAN!”  And, for us, all we’ll add is this–The “Truth” will sho’ nuff set you free!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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