Little G. Weevil review….December 3, 2017….

LITTLE G. WEEVIL

SOMETHING POPPIN’

VIZZTONE VTLG-02

HERE I COME KNOCKING–SOMETHING POPPIN–SEE ME IN THE COUNTRY–HOW DO YOU WANT ME TO DEAL WITH THIS–YOU CAN’T SAY NOTHING–SCRUB–PUSHERMAN–CRAWLING–I DON’T WANT TO FEEL THE RAIN–TOP MODEL

For his latest set for Vizztone, multi-award-winning bluesman Little G. Weevil has created what he refers to as “21ST Century Rhythm And Blues,” and the nine originals and one cover that comprise “Something Poppin” draw from a deep wellspring of sources.  Little G is a native of Budapest who currently calls Atlanta his adopted home, and this set hearkens back to the days of classic Seventies’ soul, funk, blues, with even a nod to the “blaxploitation” film craze from that era, and he puts his own contemporary spin on each track.

The set opens on a sizzling, percussion-and-slide guitar-driven note with a stone party anthem and ode to groupies everywhere, “Here I Come Knocking.”  The many virtues of the girls here in the South are the theme of the title cut, while Danny Del Toro’s harp adds the spice to the Hill Country stomp of “See Me In The Country.”  He hits that deep 70’s soul groove with “How Do You Want Me To Deal With This,” as he comes to grips with an unfaithful lover, featuring great keys from Matyas Premecz.  Dulzura adds guest duet vocal on the contemporary soul of “Scrub,” while G closes the set with another pounding blueser, the story of a “downtown, uptown” honey who’s hell on heels, that “Top Model,” and G “really wants to make her mine!”

Our favorite was the sole cover.  G and the band hit that rock-solid, wah-wah groove we first heard as teens back in the day on Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly” soundtrack, with its poignant question, “how long can a good thing last,” the sordid tale of the neighborhood “Pusherman.”

Little G. Weevil knows that if you want to hang around in contemporary blues, you gotta have more than good looks and three chords.  He’s upped his game considerably with his groundbreaking approach to the blues with the honesty of “Something Poppin.”   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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