Jon Zeeman review…March 19, 2017…

JON ZEEMAN

BLUE ROOM

MEMBRANE RECORDS

ALL I WANT IS YOU–HOLD ON–LOVE IN VAIN–NEXT TO YOU–STILL RAININ, STILL DREAMIN–IF I COULD MAKE YOU LOVE ME–ALL ALONE–TALKIN’ BOUT MY BABY–BLUE ROOM–NOTHING IN THE WORLD

Jon Zeeman is a guitarist with a style all his own.  While listening to his latest set, “Blue Room,” we were impressed with the impeccable tone he coaxes out of his guitar, and the ease in which he goes from song to song, even tho they are all different.

Jon played for drummer Butch Trucks in his Freight Train Band, and got invited to play guitar for the ABB at the Beacon Theater.  Jon always wanted to record with Butch, and the iconic drummer appears on two tracks herein, and, by all accounts, are the last tracks he recorded before tragically taking his own life on January 24, 2017.

On “Blue Room,” Jon is on guitar and vocals, and has quite a capable backing band with South Florida players Phil MacArthur on bass, Tom Regis and Bob Taylor on keys, and George Lilly drumming on eight cuts.  They kick things off with a driving, jazzy shuffle, “All I Want Is You,” which has an Allman Brothers feel with Butch on drums over Jon’s vocal of that girl with “the wiggle when she walks!”  And, they revisit that vibe a bit later with the loping strides of “Next To You,” also with Butch on drums.

Jon and his regular band bust out some sweet slow blues with “If I Could Make You Love Me, I’d give up everything I own,” before absolutely funking up the joint with the strut and swagger of “Talkin’ ‘Bout My Baby!”

We had two favorites which showcased Jon’s versatility in both tone and technique.  First up, he works the wah-wah on a cool cover of Jimi’a “Still Rainin, Still Dreamin,” and plays the venerable Robert Johnson’s “Love In Vain” in a pastoral, almost-reverential, country-blues manner, complete with a fine acoustic piano break.

Jon Zeeman has pledged half the royalties generated from “All I Want Is You” and “Next To You” to benefit the family of Butch Trucks and his favorite charity, The Big House Museum in Macon, GA.  “Blue Room” is an excellent set of blues from a guitarist with a big tone and a fine batch of material!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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