Leonard Griffie review….October 5, 2017….

LEONARD GRIFFIE

BETTER LATE THAN NO TIME SOON

PANGOBOY  PRODUCTIONS

LOOK ME IN THE EYE–I’M NOT LIKE THAT–I GOT NEWS–WHAT’S A MAN TO DO–WHAT YOU GOT IS WHAT YOU GET–LEAVE THIS TOWN–I DO LOVE YOU–YOU DONE STEPPED IN IT NOW–GOIN DOWNHILL–AIN’T NO HAPPY HOME–UP AND AT ‘EM–BETTER LATE THAN NO TIME SOON–A DOLLAR OR TWO–I’M GOOD WHERE I AM–

One thing you will notice when you listen to Leonard Griffie and his latest album, “Better Late Than No Time Soon,” is his incredible versatility within various shades of the blues.  Aptly described as The Guitar Monster by Steve Spoulos of KRVM Radio in Eugene, OR, Leonard takes us on a journey filled with horn-filled soul/blues, Fifties-inspired songs, traditional shuffles, and, even a few forays into the blues’ jazzier side.

All the cuts were written or co-written by Leonard, and of the set’s fourteen cuts, there are highlights all over the place.  The party kicks off with a cool song about a relationship on the skids, as Leonard begs a lover to “Look Me In The Eye and try and tell the truth,” set over a funky horn arrangement, bringing to mind vintage Albert King.  He pledges allegiance to a new lover, assuring her “I ain’t no alley cat–I’m Not Like That,” then finds out a few cuts later that she might be a big tease, and asks all us guys, “What’s A  Man To Do–no time to make love–all she wants to do is run around.”

The band breaks breaks off a couple of sweet, jazz-themed instrumentals, with “Up And At “Em,” and the set-closing, “I’m Good Where I Am,” each featuring exemplary keys work from Michael Vannice behind Leonard’s expressive guitar work.  And, our favorite was a song about a place we’ve all been to on occasion, where nothin’ goes right, and, no matter what you do, “You Done Stepped In It Now!”  Leonard lays down some mean slide on this more traditional, straight-blues cut.

Leonard Griffie found the winning combination for a great blues album with “Better Late Than No Time Soon.”  A great mix of songs that will appeal to a wide base of fans, stellar guitar work with a fine team of backing musicians,  and strong, soulful vocals are all present and accounted for on this fine set!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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