Sean Chambers review..March 17, 2017….

SEAN CHAMBERS

TROUBLE AND WHISKEY

AMERICAN SHOWPLACE MUSIC  ASM  7104

I NEED YOUR LOVIN’–BOTTLE KEEPS STARING AT ME–TROUBLE AND WHISKEY–TRAVELIN’ NORTH–CUT OFF MY RIGHT ARM–BULLFROG BLUES–SWEETER THAN A HONEY BEE–HANDYMAN–BE CAREFUL WITH A FOOL–GONNA GROOVE

Sean Chambers began his blues journey some twenty years ago while serving as guitarist and bandleader for the legendary Hubert Sumlin.  During his tenure in this capacity, Britain’s “Guitarist” magazine tagged him as one of the Top 50 Guitarists Of The Last Century.  He wears that crown well, as you will hear as you listen to his latest album, and sixth overall, “Trouble And Whiskey,” on the American Showplace Music label.    Production duties were handled by Ben Elliott, known for his work with Clapton, Leslie West, and many others.

Sean is all over the guitars on this contemporary blues-rock extravaganza, with Todd Cook on bass, Michael Hensley on keys, and Kris Schnebelen on drums.  There are seven new cuts and three waaay-cool covers, and the set starts with one of those originals.  “I Need Your Lovin” has a stomping, almost Hill-Country vibe, with Sean’s bristling lead licks at the forefront of an ode to that special lover that “makes my loneliness through!”  Next up is an all-out slide fest. “That Bottle Keeps Staring At Me!”  The fellows get in a funked-up mood on “Travelin’ North,” due in part to some mighty fine B-3 from labelmate  (and our good friend) John Ginty.

Sean pays tribute to another famous slide master, Roy Buchanan, with a buzzed-out, amped-up, rapid-fire read of “Bullfrog Blues,” then slows things down a bit for the minor-key Clyde Copeland chestnut, “Cut Off My Right Arm.”

We had two favorites, too.  The swagger of “Handyman” has Sean bragging to a lover that “I’ll be your sparkplug/I’ll keep your motor runnin.” and features Jimmy Bennett on guitar.  And, in the grand tradition of B B King,  Sean gives an excellent take on the slow-blues of “Be Careful With A Fool–someday he may get smart!”

Sean Chambers continues to forge his path as one of the premier guitar-slingers on the planet today, and, coupled with his seasoned vocals and fresh material, “Trouble And Whiskey” has a triple-shot of everything a blues fan could want!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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