Alastair Greene review…October 28, 2017….

ALASTAIR GREENE

DREAM TRAIN

RIP CAT RECORDS  RIC 1702

DREAM TRAIN–BIG BAD WOLF–NOME ZAYNE–ANOTHER LIE–SONG FOR RUFUS–I’M THE TAKER–DAREDEVIL–GRATEFUL SWAGGER–RAIN STOMP–DEMONS DOWN–IOWA–DOWN TO MEMPHIS–LUCKY 13

Alastair Greene spent seven years as the vocalist and guitarist for the Alan Parsons Project.   After stepping down to pursue his own musical dreams, his latest set for Rip Cat Records is entitled “Dream Train.”  Twelve originals and one song written by Billy Gibbons make up this most eclectic effort.  Alastair is on vocals and guitar, and the power trio is completed by the rhythm section of Austin Beede on drums and Jim Rankin on bass.  He also has some very special guests on board, including guitarists Debbie Davies, Walter Trout, and Mike Zito, harpman Dennis Gruenling, and keys man Mike Finnigan.

The blues-rock comes at you hard and fast with the slide-driven slash-and-burn of the leadoff title cut, and keeps on chooglin’ over the “endless boogie” of that “girl that lives across town,” and the “Big Bad Wolf” knockin’ at her door!  The relentless groove of “Daredevil” is doctored up by Dennis Gruenling’s harp, while the instrumental, “Grateful Swagger,” features Alastair and Debbie Davies goin’ toe to toe on guitars, and laying down an old-school Albert Collins groove.  And, on an autobiographical road trip “Down To Memphis,” where Alastair discovered his calling, also features Mike Zito on guitar.

Alastair strikes some socially-conscious chords on two cuts, and they served as our favorites.  “Nome Zayne,” ( (Know what I’m sayin?”), was written by Billy Gibbons, and Alastair’s guitar and biting vocals are a clarion call for unity and peace “before it’s too late.”  A slow-blues beatdown of politicians everywhere prone to  repeated falsifications is the message of “some believed you, but I don’t know why,” aptly-titled, “Another Lie,”  with Walter Trout on second guitar.

Alastair Greene combines the soul of the blues with an amped-up rock background to bring us this most excellent set.  To paraphrase a great man, “All aboard—the Dream Train!”  and enjoy the ride!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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