Chase Walker Band review…June 4, 2016…

CHASE WALKER BAND

NOT QUITE LEGAL

REVVED UP RECORDS

DONE LOVING YOU–RED HOUSE–THE WALK–NEW STATE OF MIND–I WARNED YOU–COLD HEARTED–DON’T F IT UP–54-46–CHANGED–IT’LL PASS–HONEY JAR–LIVING ON THIN ICE–YABBA DABBA (HIDDEN TRACK INST.)

Chase Walker was born in August of 1998, and started his guitar playing by age twelve.  At all of fifteen, he was a Semi-Finalist at the prestigious Lee Ritenour Six String Theory competition, making him eligible for a full-ride at The Berklee School Of Music! His latest album is actually his second release, and he’s STILL “Not Quite Legal,” for Revved Up Records.

He may not be legal, but he’s sho’ nuff lethal on that guitar!  There are thirteen cuts total, and blistering blues-rock and his well-beyond-his-years vocal delivery are the order of the day.  Of course, one man does not a trio make, and he is joined by fellow wunderkind Randon Davitt on bass and Matt Fyke on drums.  They get right down to brass tacks, leading off with young Chase calling out a cheatin’ lover, finally throwing in the towel “playin’ this game with me and what’s-his-name,” “Done Loving You.”  “The Walk” is a danceable groove aimed at those irresistible girls at which “you can’t help but stare!”  Drake Shining’s piano gives “I Warned You” a sweet Chris Robinson-ish vibe, and the fellows close the set with a quirky, jazz-infused instrumental disguised as a hidden track, “Yabba Dabba.”

These young men take two hard looks at today’s society, also.  Echo-effect vocals set up the story of living in “the land of the fees, and the home of the slaves,” “Living On Thin Ice,” which features a cool wah-wah guitar solo at the break.  And, a somber look at the “man in blue” faced with “doing what can’t be undone” finds Chase pleading with those in authority to find “A New State Of Mind.”

We had two favorites, too.  Chase kicks off his version of Jimi’s “Red House” by taking it ’bout as far down to the Delta as you can go, with a cool Resonator acoustic intro, before busting out into full-on amped-up assault, again using those echo vocals for desired effect!  Our other favorite serves as sage advice to these young men.  It’s set over a slow groove, and has Chase listening to the story of an old guy, “who looked about 65(!),”  and conveyed to Chase, “I speak from experience–you only live once, so Don’t F It Up!”

All we’ll add is for the Chase Walker Band to stay young as long as you can, and keep on playing great blues and bringing sets as good as “Not Quite Legal” to the table!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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