Tim Gartland review…December 18, 2016….

TIM GARTLAND

IF YOU WANT A GOOD WOMAN

A BRATGIRL/VIZZABLE PROMOTION

WHAT THE BLUES LOOKS LIKE–HOUR’S WORTH–I HAD IT ALL–IF YOU WANT A GOOD WOMAN–I COME WHEN YOU CALL–EIGHT BALL–IF THAT’S WHAT YOU CALL LOVE–INTRODUCE ME TO YOUR HAT–TOO MANY GROCERIES–WHERE’S THE CURE FOR YOU–WILLIE THAT’S WHO–GO WEST!

Tim Gartland is quite the musical “triple threat”–an emotive, versatile harpman, soulful vocalist, and writer with a keen ear for everyday life experiences set in song.  He began his career in Chicago, then moved to Boston for a while, and now calls Nashville his home.  His latest set, and third overall, is called “If You Want A Good Woman,” and it is twelve cuts of serious blues, all written or co-written by Tim and the keyboard man on the album, Tom West.

Along with Tim on harp and Tom on keys, we have Lynn Williams on drums, Steve Mackey on bass, Wendy Moten on backing vocals,  Tom Britt is on guitar, and uber-producer Kevin McKendree on keys on three cuts.

The party starts with one of Tim’s songs that use everyday metaphors to show us “What The Blues Looks Like,” including the “alcoholic reachin’ for a drink,” or “a new dent in your Cadillac!”  Tom gets in a deep slide solo on this one, too.  The title cut follows kind of a quasi-reggae groove in the story of “If You Want A Good Woman, you gotta learn to be a good man!”  He shows off his huge harp chops on a couple of cool instrumentals, too.  “Eight Ball” struts with soulful funkiness, and the set-closing, romp, “Go West,” features honky-tonk piano from co-writer Tom West.

We had three favorites, too.  Everybody gets down in a Chess mood as Tim sings about the original “back door man”—“Willie (Dixon) That’s Who!”  Tom’s slide is on fire on the sly and wry tale of a woman who’s “bout as subtle as a train wreck,” and has “Too Many Groceries for one basket!”  And, Kevin adds keys over Tim’s chromatic harp on a poignant tale of a man who had it all in a relationship.  Trouble is, “I Had It All wrong.”

Tim Gartland plays the blues from the heart and soul.  His insightful lyrics will draw you in, and that burnished baritone delivery is undeniable.  “If You Want A Good Woman” has something for every taste!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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