The Eric Hughes Band review…February 26, 2018….

THE ERIC HUGHES BAND

MEET ME IN MEMPHIS

FREIGHT TRAIN OF PAIN–MEET ME IN MEMPHIS–ROLL A FATTY FOR YOUR DADDY–THE DAY THEY HANGED THE KID–HERE COMES THE BOOGIE MAN–LEFT MY HEART AT YOUR PLACE (FOR DONNA)–MIDTOWN BLUES–I’M KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR–BELIEVE I’M GOING  FISHING

If you’ve ever taken a stroll down Beale Street in Memphis, you have likely seen or heard Eric Hughes.  He’s played all those clubs up and down Beale  for some sixteen years, and, the last time we had the pleasure to see him, he was holding court in an open-space area darn near right across the street from Tater Red’s’ and Malcolm Anthony’s Memphis Music store.  A veteran performer with five albums under his belt, it is our esteemed pleasure to review his latest, aptly-titled, “Meet Me In Memphis.”   Eric wrote the nine cuts herein, and he’s on vocals and harp.  Walter Hughes is on guitar, Leo Goff is on bass, and Brian Aylor is on drums.  He gets by with a little more help from his friends, too, as Reba Russell and Susan Marshall guest on backing vocals, with Marc Franklin on trumpet, and Art Edmaiston on sax.

If you make a living doing what Eric does, and do it down by the river, you know you’ll meet a lot of folks with a lot of stories to tell that make excellent songwriting material.  The heritage, mystique, and history of the Bluff City is all over this set, which begins on a strong, Southern-rock note with the rumble of that “Freight Train Of Pain–if you don’t like the blues, you better get off the track!”  A shout-out to an ex-lover in an attempt to rekindle the flame is the sweetly-soulful title cut, where “the blues is still hip,” and “the place where Soul was born!”  Chris Stephenson is on that fine piano, too.  “Here Comes The Boogie Man” rides a funky groove, and “I’m Knockin On Your Door” is a fine shot of both acoustic and slide-driven electric guitar.

Eric’s always been about lettin’ the good times roll, tho, and our two favorites showcase just that.  A harp and piano groove rock the party anthem that is “Roll A Fatty For Your Daddy and I’ll bring that money home to you!”  And, Eric gets into a slow-blues, stop-time mood in the tale of a dude who sees the silver lining in every cloud, even tho, “from my trucker cap down to my Chuck Taylor shoes, I got them funky, low down, Midtown Blues!”

Eric Hughes is a mainstay in Memphis, and “if there’s a better town, I ain’t been there yet!”  He’s just cut a guest vocal on Mick Kolassa’s recent album of duets, “Double Standards,” and his own “Meet Me In Memphis” is destined to be a favorite for his legion of fans!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Leo Goff on March 3, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful review!
    Greatly appreciated!
    If you can maybe edit the post, the
    Bass Man is Leo Goff.
    Probably just a typo….
    Thanks!!

    Reply

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