Bobby Kyle review…December 1, 2017….

BOBBY KYLE

IT’S MY LIFE

JUICY BABY RECORDS

DAILY BREAD–LOST AND FOUND–DRIFTWOOD–IT’S MY LIFE–HIGHWAY MAN–BLOOD FROM A STONE–TOMORROW NIGHT–I’VE GOT MY BLOODSHOT EYES ON YOU–SOMEONE ELSE IS STEPPIN’ IN–TRIPPING OUT–I WON’T BE HOME TONIGHT–LITTLE BOY BLUE

East Coast blues veteran Bobby Kyle has quite an impressive resume’ over the last 40-odd years.  He’s an accomplished guitarist, composer, and vocalist.  He’s learned licks from Lonnie Mack, and played alongside Bill Dicey, Eddie Kirkland, and Johnny Copeland.  His latest album, along with his backing band, The Administers, is entitled, “It’s My Life,” and it is twelve cuts of blues, funk, and a touch of jazz and Americana, with half the cuts being Bobby’s originals.

Bobby has one of those “well-worn” vocal styles that leans more toward the Springsteen side of the register, and it serves this material well.  Check out the Memphis flavor of a love affair on the rocks, with a new home—the “Lost And Found,” with a sweet horn arrangement from Laron :Land.  A cool shot of that roots-rock is “Driftwood,” with accordion from our multi-talented friend, Dave Keyes, and Bobby stands up to a demanding lover in the blue-eyed soul of the title cut, ’cause “It’s My Life, baby, and I do as I choose!”

We had several favorites, too.  With a “smile on my face, and you didn’t put it there,” a no-good lover gets told “while you were steppin’ out, Someone Else Was Steppin’ In!”  “Tomorrow Night” was originally recorded by Lonnie Johnson, and Bobby, with Little Sammy Davis on harp, gives  it a sweet jazz-blues read herein.  The set closes with Bobby takin’ us all down to the Delta for Robert Jr. Lockwood’s classic “Little Boy Blue,” rockin’ that Resonator for all it’s worth, this time with Joey Simon on the harp.

Bobby Kyle and the Administers have brought a varied and eclectic set to the table with “It’s My Life.”  It continues his lifelong ambition to spread the gospel of the blues to fans everywhere!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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