The Gordon Meier Blues Experience review…June 20, 2017….

THE GORDON MEIER BLUES EXPERIENCE

MAGIC KINGDOM

REVERBEROCKET RECORDS

HOWLIN FOR MY DARLIN–STOP DRAGGIN THAT CHAIN AROUND–BUDDY BUDDY FRIENDS–JUST KEEP RIDIN–IN THE OPEN–RED HEADED WOMAN–GOLD TAIL BIRD–SIGNIFYIN MONKEY–SHE BELONGS TO ME–SOMEDAY BABY–GYPSY WOMAN–THE STUMBLE

Let’s suppose that an alien spacecraft landed in your back yard, and the little green men inside wanted to hear an example of good contemporary blues.  One could take the obvious route and present some Muddy or Freddie, B B or Buddy, or one could bust out some grooves by a man who’s studied them all and assimilated it into his own unique sound, which leads directly to The Gordon Meier Blues Experience.  His latest album, “Magic Kingdom,” for Reverberocket Records, takes the listener on a cool “road trip” of sorts, going back to where it all began, with two smokin’ originals and ten covers.

Folks, this one was an absolute pleasure to listen to.  Gordon is on guitar throughout, and his gravelly vocal delivery owes as much to Chester Arthur Burnett as to anyone.  He kicks off with one of Wolf’s finest, “Howlin For My Darlin,” with Dean Shot doing his best Hubert Sumlin guitar interpretation herein.  Dennis Gruenling adds the harp on the Chicago blues of John Primer’s “Stop Draggin That Chain around,”  then comes back ’round again later as Gordon ramps up the slow-burn of Jimmy Rogers’ “Gold Tail Bird.”

Gordon’s two originals are written in that same groove, too.  He vows to “Just Keep Ridin, to drive my blues away,” when a love affair sours, with Joe Taino on the slide guitar.  A bit later we are treated to “Someday Baby,” where “I keep lookin’ for my baby, but that woman can’t be found.”

Gordon played alongside Magic Slim (Morris Holt) many years before Slim’s untimely passing in 2013.  He pays tribute here with a rock-solid read of one of Slim’s best-known songs, “My Buddy Buddy Friends,” effectively capturing that chugging rhythm that was Slim’s trademark.

Favorites?? All of ’em–from the hilariously-irreverent “Signifyin Monkey” to the set-closing “Stumble” instrumental.  You know you’ve been to the “Magic Kingdom” when you hear the blues as played by The Gordon Meier Blues Experience!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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