CHARLIE WHEELER BAND
BLUES KARMA AND
THE KITCHEN SINK
PEOPLE KEEP ON TALKIN’–SHIVER–CHOIR OF 1000 ANGELS–ONE OF THESE DAYS–FLICKER AWAY–NEVER CAN TELL–DARLENE–PROMISE OF DAYLIGHT–LOVE GETS IN THE WAY–LOVE YOU THE SAME–FOLLOW ME DOWN–BUTTERFLY
This power trio hails from northern Pennsylvania, and consists of Charlie Wheeler on guitar and vocals, Dave Fink on bass and backing vocals, and Rad Akers on drums. Their fourth album, “Blues Karma And The Kitchen Sink,” is twelve of Charlie’s originals, with nods to blues-rock, Southern rock, The Black Crowes, and even to guys like Eddie Vedder and Hendrix.
Two things jump out at you as you listen to these grooves. First, this trio has a huge sound, that appears to be more like a five-or six-piece outfit. And, if you separate the songs from the instrumentation, you’d have a helluva dozen cuts that could stand on their own merits anywhere.
Leading off is the rough-hewn rocker dealing with with folks who tend to mind everybody’s bidness but their own, “People Keep On Talkin.” Shimmering guitar lines bring the “Choir Of 1000 Angels” into sharp focus, with an unmistakable Chris Robinson vibe. The fellows get their “Voodoo Chile” groove on in the Doomsday-rock of “Flicker Away,” awash with one searing solo by Charlie after another.
We had two favorites, too. The breezy ode to the journeys of life, “We Never Can Tell what tomorrow’s gonna bring,” is a fine blast of Southern rock. “Love Gets In The Way” is the funkiest, struttin-est tale in the set, with Rad’s drumming playing a powerful role.
The Charlie Wheeler Band bring a harder-edged vibe to their blues, bringing the “power of the Mississippi River after a springtime rain” to “Blues Karma And The Kitchen Sink.” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.