Tyler Morris Band review…February 9, 2018….

TYLER MORRIS BAND

NEXT IN LINE

VIZZTONE   VTTM-01

READY TO SHOVE–LIVIN’ THE LIFE–WILLIE THE WIMP–DOWN ON MY LUCK–CHOPPIN’–TALKIN’ TO ME–THUNDER–THIS AIN’T NO FUN–TRUTH IS THE QUESTION–KEEP ON DRIVING

Tyler Morris is one of those guitar players that the young’uns now refer to as “shredders,” playing at a professional level since the age of eleven(!).  Now a whopping 19 years old, he has just released his third album overall, “Next In Line,” for Vizztone Records.  His blues and rock influences are stamped all over this set, from B. B. to Benson to Bonamassa,  Jimi to Jimmie, to SRV.  Add in  powerhouse vocalist Morten Fredheim to breathe life into this material, and this is indeed a fun road trip down the blues-rock highway.

Leading off is the powerful “Ready To Shove,” and all us old-schoolers will pick up on the nod to Tom Scholz and Boston as the song climaxes.  “Livin’ The Life” is a monster anthem of empowerment, urging us all to follow our dreams and “stand your ground.”  Tyler gets his Hendrix groove on in the wah-wah workout that roars like “Thunder,” and closes with a jazz-rockin’ ode to perseverance, “Keep On Driving, ’tilI I get to you.”

We had two favorites, too.  A punchy horn section sweetens the pot for the B. B.-inspired uptown swing of the set’s lone instrumental, “Choppin.”  And, ol’ Joe Louis Walker drops by for vocals on the bouncin’ story popularized by SRV about “Willie The Wimp,” laid to rest in “his Cadillac coffin!”

The sky’s the limit for young Tyler Morris.  One of his heroes, Joe Bonamassa, is the reigning Guitar Player of the Year from the Blues Awards last May.  It won’t be long until Mr. Morris is “Next In Line.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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