The Joey Gilmore Band review…November 14, 2016…

THE JOEY GILMORE BAND

RESPECT THE BLUES

MOSHER ST. RECORDS

MAN OF MY WORD–CAN’T KILL NOTHIN’–BROWNSKIN WOMAN–LIVIN’ A LIE–A LITTLE LOVE (ALWAYS MAKES IT BETTAH)–BREAKIN’ UP SOMEBODY’S HOME–THIS TIME I’M GONE FOR GOOD–CHAIN OF FOOLS–ROOM 244–SOUL SURVIVOR–NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME

The Joey Gilmore Band has been tearin’ up the blues down in South Florida for quite a while, and Joey’s got that deep, soul-blues vibe down pat.  Along with his resonant, from-the-heart vocals, he’s got a huge guitar tone, kinda like a cross between Son Seals and Magic Slim.  His latest set, for Mosher St. Records, “Respect The Blues,” traces the many folks that have influenced him throughout his career.

Another cool thing about this set is that Joey and the fellows come at ya just like one of those old-school R & B revue shows that utilize different vocalists and musicians alongside the core band.  Check out the leadoff cut, as Joey gets off on the good foot with a heartfelt plea to a lover to never make a promise he can’t keep, ’cause “I’m A Man Of My Word.”  Rockin’ Jake is on harp on the minor-key slow-blues of “Brownskin Woman,” as Joey is left to ponder “why you had to go.”  He keeps that soulful groove cookin’ “on a rainy night like this,” wishin;’ he was “Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home!”  Joey and Edlene Hart pay a sweet tribute to Don Covay, with cool duet-medley of “Chain Of Fools” and “See-Saw,” before Joey heads over to the No-Tell Motel and the goings-on in “Room 244.”

We had two favorites, too.  Joey rocks the joint with a dynamite take on William Bell’s tale of nothing but bad luck, when you “Can’t Kill Nothin’, and won’t nothin’ die!”  And, the set closes on a high note.  Joey and Edlene have a helluva lot of fun on their playful read of a song popularized by Brother Ray, “The Night Time Is The Right Time!”  Their call-and-response, gospel-shoutin’ vocals  was a mighty way to end this set!

Joey Gilmore continues to keep the traditions of the great soul-blues men alive in his music.  He is sho’ nuff a man of his word, because he will always “Respect The Blues!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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