A G WEINBERGER
YOUR GOOD MAN’S GONE–LOVE DOCTOR–BREAK THE MAN–DOWN ON YOU–DON’T KILL THE MELODY IN ME–NOT NO MORE–THE POINT OF NO RETURN–THE PAIN OF LOSING YOU–ELVIS BEATLES DYLAN STONES–NOTHING BUT BLUE–LYING IN BED–BRING A LITTLE SMILE TO ME
Not long ago, we had the great pleasure to review A. G. Weinberger’s “Mighty Business,” (on June 16, 2016, elsewhere in this forum). A. G. has now graciously provided us with his July, 2006, set, very aptly-titled “Nashville Calling.” It features more of his varied and eclectic blues as heard thru the ears and seen thru the eyes of a man who calls the Romanian region of Transylvania his home.
A. G. has taken care of his homework as far as learning the various styles of blues, and one can readily hear this after listening to these cuts. And, he’s assembled a tremendous backing band that includes Pat Buchanan on guitar, Tony Harrell on keys, Tommy McDonald on ‘lectric bass, Glen Worf on the stand-up bass, (y’all old-schoolers might recall Glen on bass with the Bobby Bradford Blues Band with Kenny Greenberg on guitar, waaay back in the day!), uber-drummer Tom Hambridge, and an ultra-cool horn section.
The horns help kick things off, with a strong soul-blues cut, “what you gonna do when Your Good Man’s Gone?” where “when your phone don’t ring, you know it’s me!” He revisits that kiss-off vibe a bit later, but, this time, literally shreds the guitar strings in the blues-grunge of “Down On You.” “Point Of No Return” again uses the horns in this cut, giving it a Latin tinge. Tom’s brush-stroked drums and the sanctified keyboard work of Tony gives a Brother Ray feel to the jazzy “Don’t Kill The Melody In Me.” And, the set closes on a pure Sunday morning call to rejoice, with “Bring A Little Smile To Me.”
We had two favorites, too. A smooth shot of braggadocio is the suavely-cool tale of “The Love Doctor who never went to doctor school,” and, ladies, he’s ready and willing to “kiss it where it hurts!” And, that’s ol’ Glen on the doghouse bass on the Sun-swept rockabilly of “Not No More,” as A. G. laments having to slow down from the wilder days of his youth!
One of our readers of this humble forum left a comment after our review of “Mighty Business,” proudly proclaiming that A. G. Weinberger is THE voice of the blues in Romania. He’s got the passion and the fire in his belly for this music, and you can sho’ nuff hear it in “Calling Nashville!” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.