Steve Krase review,,,April 15, 2017…

STEVE KRASE

SHOULD’VE SEEN IT COMING

CONNOR RAY MUSIC  CRM 17-001

BRAND NEW THANG–CRAZY FOR MY BABY–LET THE FOUR WINDS BLOW–THE WORLD’S STILL IN A TANGLE–SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES–SHOULD’VE SEEN IT COMING–TRAVELIN’ MOOD–TROUBLES, TROUBLES–MAKE YOU LOVE ME BABY–REPO MAN–WAY BACK HOME–SHOUL’VE SEEN IT COMING (EXPLICIT)–REPO MAN (EXPLICIT)

Steve Krase is known among blues fans as the harmonica force behind Trudy Lynn’s three albums for Connor Ray Music, and his live shows are the stuff of legend down on the Houston scene.  Steve’s fourth album for Connor Ray is “Should’ve Seen It Coming,” and features his high-octane harp on a thirteen-cut set of originals and covers, and also features guest appearances from Trudy, as well as guitarists Mark May and Bob Lanza.

Steve has a clever way with his lyrics, as can be heard on his originals, often spiced up with a touch of humor.  Right outta the gate is the loping swing of “Brand New Thang,” an ode to a lover who’s always “in the groove,” and Steve and Mark May lay down their own sweet groove on this one.  Steve pays a cool tribute to a couple of New Orleans legends, by way of Fats’ “Let The Four Winds Blow,” and Frogman Henry’s “Troubles, Troubles,” which features spirited interplay between Steve’s harp and Randy Wall’s piano.  The Texas twang of “Shot Of Rhythm And Blues, with a little rock and roll on the side” has Bob Lanza on guitar and Trudy on backing vocals.

We had three favorites, too.  Alisha Pattillo on sax has some call-and-response fun with Steve on harp on the cool story of the neighborhood “Repo Man,”  from whom there is “no place to hide!”  Trudy is on the backing vocals here, also.  Alisha’s sax is in play again on the title cut tale of an ill-advised affair with someone just a wee bit too young, “Should’ve Seen It Coming,” featuring Steve singing in a unique, echo-effect style.  And, in a hilarious remake of Jimmy Rogers’ classic story of social unrest in the Fifties’, Steve brings us “The World’s Still In A Tangle,” now full of “salmonella in my burger” and “E. Coli in my lettuce, too.”

Steve Krase was a semi-finalist at the 2017 IBC’s a few months ago, and intended for “Should’ve Seen It Coming” to be a set you can crank up in your car on your next road trip.  So, do indulge him and turn this one up—-LOUD!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

 

 

 

 

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