The Corey Dennison Band review…September 26, 2017…

COREY DENNISON BAND

NIGHT AFTER NIGHT

DELMARK RECORDS  CD  DE-852

HEAR MY PLEA–MISTI–I GET THE SHIVERS–BETTER MAN–PHONE KEEPS RINGING–NOTHING’S TOO GOOD (FOR MY BABY)–LOVE AIN’T FAIR–ARE YOU SERIOUS–NIGHTCREEPER 2 (STILL CREEPIN)–STUCK IN CHICAGO–IT’S SO EASY–GOING HOME TO LIVE WITH GOD–BACK IN VIRGINIA

Chattanooga native Corey Dennison and his Band took the blues world by storm with their last release, ending up as a Finalist for the 2017 Blues Award for Best Emerging Artist.  They keep that roll going with their latest for Delmark, the soulful, hard-hitting blues of “Night After Night.”   Corey is on guitar and vocals, with long-time Nick Moss bandmate Gerry Hundt on second guitar, keys, and the harp, with Nick Skilnik on bass, and Joel Baer on drums.

Fans, Corey spent twelve years learning the ins and outs of “the bidness” from Carl Weathersby, and all that tutelage pays off over these thirteen cuts.  There are plenty of grooves to dance to, and some sweet soul-blues for life’s quieter moments.  The set leads off with Corey’s guitar blazing, begging his lover for one more last chance, and “Hear My Plea”  after one too many nights down at the juke joint,

Corey and Gerry collaborated on several cuts, and a couple of them are stone odes to that special kind of love–the breezy “Nothing’s Too Good (For My Baby),”  and the slow-burn of “It’s So Easy to love a little woman just like you!”

We had several favorites.  Corey takes the blues to church on the spirited gospel fire of “Troubles Of This World–I’m going home to live with God.”  He closes with one of Magic Slim’s best boogies,  as we all go “Back To Virginia, honey, where that green grass grows!”  And, he kicks off “I Get The Shivers for you, darling,” with a big ole Tennessee holler, and lays down some serious twangin’ tremolo guitar along the way!  Corey then gets into a reflective mood  on “Better Man,” with harp from Gerry, as he expounds on what the blues has meant to him as a man, and name-checks many of the legends who have passed on.

The Corey Dennison Band remains one of the strongest young links to the blues and soul-blues of the past, while keeping their collective eyes on the future.  Hear it for yourself–get your lover, pour some wine, and put “Night After Night” on your stereo!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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