The Forrest McDonald Band review…June 17, 2017….

THE FORREST MCDONALD BAND

STAND MY GROUND

WORLD TALENT RECORDS

GUITAR STRING BLUES–CHICKEN SCRATCH BOOGIE–I PUT A SPELL ON YOU–STAND MY GROUND–TURNAROUND BLUES–CERTIFIED BLUE–I AM A STONE–THE FEELING IS GONE–PINEY BROWN–RIVER OF TEARS–TAKE IT TO THE TOP–TILL THE MORNING LIGHT–RIDING ON THE BLUES TRAIN

Whether realizing it or not, most of the readers of these pages have heard Forrest McDonald literally thousands of times.  Yup–that’s his guitar on Seger’s anthemic “Old Time Rock And Roll,” and also on Bobby Womack’s “Roads Of Life,” among countless other classics.  He’s got a bluesman’s soul, too, and you can get a fine taste of what The Forrest McDonald Band is all about on his latest for World Talent Records, “Stand My Ground.”  It’s eleven originals and two ballsy covers that show why his songs about the wins and losses in everyday life are so popular with his fans.  Along with Forrest’s guitar work, which is some of the best anywhere and in any genre’, you simply can’t go wrong with Becky Wright, the band’s dynamite lead singer.

The party starts with the scratchin’ funk of “Guitar String Blues,” where Becky sings “my baby left me last night/took everything but the wallpaper on the wall,” and “my guitar strings, too!”  Pix Ensign is all over the harp, too.  Next up is some of that old-time rock and roll with a bluesy twist,  a downhome barnyard shuffle ’bout that “Chicken Scratch Boogie,” with red-hot piano and  cool horns adding to the fun.

The title cut takes a turn waaaay down south to N’Awlins, where a second-line pattern drives Becky’s vocal about a no-good lover and her determination to “Stand My Ground.”  Another dog who “played me and mislaid me” gives her the “Turnaround Blues,” while the band riffs on a jazzy, slow-blues, walkin’-beat tale of a lover who “put your guilt upon me” and “walked out the door,” leaving Becky “Certified Blue.”  A driving, fiery shuffle kicks off Becky’s tale of redemption and “a little lovin’ to get me through the night”—“Take It To The Top and leave my blues behind!”

We had two favorites, too.  Forrest, Pix, and the whole band get their collective mojo workin’ on a Chicago-styled throwdown all about ol’ “Piney Brown!”  And, “Till The Morning Light” is exactly what this band is all about, y’all.  This one practically jumps outta the grooves as Becky sings about “bumpin’ and grindin’ till that morning light!”  It also features solos from heavy hitters Barry Richman and Valery Lunichkin on guitar, plus Little Ronnie Owens on the harp!  What a helluva party!

That’s the groove throughout this set.  Forrest McDonald cut “Stand My Ground” with a nod to songs that his fans love, and that are a part of his current live show sets.  He dedicates this one to his fans, and we say, “keep on rockin!!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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