Billy Walton Band review…January 16, 2018….

BILLY WALTON BAND

SOUL OF A MAN

NO FRET/VIZZTONE  VTNF-07

SAVE THE LAST DANCE–I DON’T KNOW–HELL N HIGH WATER–SOMETHING BETTER–MY LITTLE BIRD–LET GO–IT AIN’T TRUE–SHINE THE LIGHT–GREEN RIVER–POISON PILL–MINGLEWOOD–CAN’T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN–DAYS LIKE THESE

As one listens to the latest album from the Billy Walton band, “Soul Of A Man,” you might find yourself dreaming of a summer night dancing under the Boardwalk, down by the sea, on the Jersey shore.  Yep–these guys have been a vital part of that scene for ten years now, and celebrate that milestone thru the release of this set for Vizztone.  It’s full of soul-flavored R & B with plenty of horn lines and keyboard flourishes to complement Billy’s killer vocals and topnotch guitar work.

Meet ya on the dance floor as the party starts with the weekend  anthem, “Save The Last Dance on a Saturday night!”  The groove rolls on with the freight train, Hooker-flavored endless boogie of “I Don’t Know,” where you just gotta “lay back and enjoy the ride!”  A sweet shot of summery soul dealing with takin’ a chance on a new romance is “Something Better,” and the horns do the Yeoman’s job in adding to that classic riff that drives those “barefoot girls dancin’ in the moonlight” down on “Green River.”

Billy can turn a straight-blues, too.  Check out a mythical trip “just outside Memphis,” down to “Minglewood, the meanest place around!”  And, he closes the st literally down in the Delta, with acoustic guitars and Jack Gist’s harp telling the tale of a no-good lover who gets what she’s got coming, as Billy reminds her that “mama said there’d be Days Like These!”

As Billy puts it, if you want the blues, you can watch the news.  But, if you want to roll back the rug and dance your troubles away, then please enjoy freely the soul-shakin’ sounds of the Billy Walton Band and “Soul Of A Man!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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