The Hector Anchondo Band…March 27, 2017…

THE HECTOR ANCHONDO BAND

ROLL THE DICE

HECTOR ANCHONDO MUSIC

DIG YOU BABY–MASQUERADE–FACE IT DOWN–SOMETIMES BEING ALONE FEELS RIGHT–THAT’S HOW IT ALL GOES–JUMP IN THE WATER–BLACK MAGIC WOMAN–ON YOUR MIC, GET SET, SING–HERE’S TO ME GIVING UP

Hector Anchando hails from Omaha, NE,  and, like many young bluesmen, was drawn to the sound of a Fender Stratocaster as well as the heroes who went along with that sound–Jimi, SRV, EC, and many others.  But also, his homeland gave him a sweet appreciation for the country guys, too.  All these threads run thru not only his guitar stylings but his songwriting, too.  Everything is on full display on the nine originals and one cover (that is sho’ nuff  DA BOMB) on his latest album, “Roll The Dice.”  Hector’s on guitar and vocals, with Khayman Winfield on drums, Josh Lund on bass, and Justin Shelton on the harp.

They don’t waste any time, either.  A chugging, “endless boogie” riff plus the engaging talents of the lovely Samantha Fish  drive the opening story of two lovers, both lookin’ for “that same thing,” but neither one wants “no one messin’ ’round on me,” entitled, “Dig You Baby.”  Justin’s harp sets the tone next, as Hector tells everyone that “what you see is what you get,” and “I ain’t livin’ life like a Masquerade.”  He busts out a mean solo at the bridge, too.

Like we said a little earlier, Hector’s not afraid to show off his varied influences on these cuts, either.  Check out the Fifties-inspired rockin’ blues of “Face It Down,” and the surf-rhumba-twang of coming to grips with a lover who plain “don’t want you no more,”  “That’s How It All Goes.”

For us, the band saved the best for last.  The set-closer is a cool, “the bar closes at 3 AM” kind of groove, real slow and easy, where Hector has had it with a lover—“I’ve got to get over you, so Here’s To Me Giving Up.”  And, a dazzling intro segues’ into that unmistakable riff of Peter Green’s “Black Magic Woman,”  Hector treats this song with the utmost respect, turning it into a seven-minute guitar tour-de-force, with Justin getting in some rhumba-rockin’ harp at ’bout the halfway point.

The Hector Anchondo Band sho’nuff made it to the worldwide Elite Eight at the 2016 IBC’s in Memphis.  That has catapulted him into a seriously-creative period, culminating with the material in this set.  Come on, folks—“Roll The Dice” with this exciting blues band!   Until next time……Sheryl and Don Crow.

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