Greg Sover EP review…January 17, 2018….

GREG SOVER

JUBILEE

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EMOTIONAL–JUBILEE–HAND ON MY HEART–AS THE YEARS GO PASSING BY–I GIVE MY LOVE–TEMPTATION (LIVE)–HAND ON MY HEART (SHORT EDIT)

Greg Sover returns to the spotlight following his 2016 debut, “Songs Of A Renegade,” with his latest EP, “Jubilee.”  On this set, you’ll hear songs that deal with heartbreak, and the redemption one feels after overcoming it.  Greg is on lead and Resonator guitars,  with Garry Lee on bass, Tom Walling on drums, Wally Smith on keys, and Allen James on electric guitar.

There are five originals and one cool cover on this set, and the music is both varied and eclectic.  Greg takes us down to the Delta with the title cut, a tale of a lover who can “ease my pain from miles away,” with harp from Mikey Junior, and Greg’s Resonatin’ slide that conjures up the ghost of Elmore James.  You can feel his pain in the lyrics of “Hand On My Heart,” as he can “feel my heart beat before it breaks.”  An edited version of this song closes the set.  Conversely, you can feel his elation and the redemption in his voice as the promise of a new love takes place in the uptempo, island-flavored, “I Give My Love.”

We had two favorites, too, both slow-burners.  Greg gives a fine read on the Don Robey classic, “my love will follow you, As The Years Go Passing By.”  And, on the set’s tour de force, Greg bowls over an appreciative live crowd at the Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, PA, by busting out every note in his arsenal on the blistering tale of a man with a wandering eye, “Temptation,” always “getting in my way!”

Today is January 17, 2018.   Right this minute, Greg Sover is in Memphis for the 2018 IBC’s, reppin’ the Steel City Blues Society.  He’s sittin’ on a hot set of great blues in store for the judges with “Jubilee.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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