THE JORDAN PATTERSON BAND
THE BACK ON TRACK RECORDING PROJECT
FAVOURITE BOY–CAN WE FALL IN LOVE AGAIN–SHE’S COOL–YOU’RE MY GIRL–LIVING WITHOUT YOUR LOVE–PLAY MY SONG (REVISITED)–IF YOU’D HELP ME PLEASE (REVISITED)–DO YOU BELIEVE–HEARTBREAKER (REVISITED)–DON’T TAKE ME DOWN (REVISITED)
Way back in 1996, Ontario-born harp-blaster Jordan Patterson recorded his debut album, “Give Me A Chance,” down in Jackson, MS, after mentoring with guitarist Bobby Parker and Bobby Rush. That led to extensive touring, and a spot on U. P. Wilson’s JSP album, “Whirlwind.” Just as quickly, Jordan decided to pack it all in and go back home to be a concert promoter.
Nearly fifteen years later, a friend urged him to prove his earlier successes were no flash in the pan. Jordan began playing live shows in 2014, and he has now released his aptly-titled follow-up, “The Back On Track Recording Project,” ten cuts that show where his musical tastes lie—from straight-blues to funk to good ole rock and roll throughout.
The youngest of nine children, one of his sisters gave him a harp, and he made the most of it. A strong player with the blues-rock leanings of Peter Harper plus the funk he learned from Bobby Rush, Jordan opens the set with a fiery biographical tune, using his “new toy” to grow up and “be your momma’s Favourite Boy!” “Living Without Your Love makes life a long, long road,” has a rocked-up, Lenny Kravitz or even Prince feel, while he closes the set with harp blasting away on “Don’t Take Me Down–Revisited,” as he cuts a lover off at the knees who “plays me for a fool.”
We had two favorites, too. More sweet harp fuels the fire of “my baby, who looks extra-sweet,” entitled “She’s Cool–she’s wild, outta sight!” And, in a nod to Jordan’s strong blues-rock passions, there’s “Can We Fall In Love Again and find that good, kind love,” with a Chris Robinson-Black Crowes vibe goin’ on.
Jordan Patterson proves with “The Back On Track Recording Project,” that he didn’t miss a stroke in a nearly two-decade absence from the contemporary scene. Here’s hoping his next project is MUCH sooner! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.