Freddie Pate review…April 13, 2018….

FREDDIE PATE

I GOT THE BLUES

LET THE JUKE JOINT JUMP–SHO NUFF I DO–HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN–HEY GOOD LOOKIN–NOTHIN TAKES THE PLACE OF YOU–I GOT THE BLUES–HELLO JOSEPHINE–MY BABE–JOLIE BLOND–DANCE WITH ME BABY–BEER DRINKIN DOG

Freddie Pate is living the dream that many of us would love to try.  A topnotch guitarist and vocalist, he moved from L. A. to Houston in 1975 and quickly became a hot, in-demand session player.  Later, he moved to Louisiana, pulling two different stints with Wayne Toups.  He always had a flair for country music, and even cut a country album in 2016.  But, Mike Zito always believed that Freddie had the blues deep down in his soul.  Zito built Marz Studio down in Nederland, TX, and, lo and behold, the very first release from that studio is Freddie’s blues debut, “I Got The Blues!”  He mixes two of his own originals in with nine wildman covers tailor-made for the dance floor.

We got Freddie on guitar and vocals, Terry Dry on bass, Matt Johnson on drums, Lewis Stephens on keys, and Zito on rhythm guitar.  Freddie leads off pitchin’ a wang dang doodle with the bouncin’ boogie blues of “Let The Juke Joint Jump,” where everybody gets “happy feet!”  He adds some bluesy funk to the iconic “Hey Good Lookin,” and “Hello Josephine,” while Wayne Toups shows up to bring the hot sauce to the traditional “Jolie Blond,” and they all tear it up with the piano-rockin’ cover of B. B.’s “Dance With Me Baby, I’m doin’ the best I can!”

We had three favorites, too.  Freddie’s got a soulful side that shows thru with a belly-rubbin’ good read of “Nothing Takes The Place Of You,” and again on a sho’ nuff hot take on Elmo’s “Sho’ Nuff I Do!”  And, the set closes on a hilarious boogie groove, as Freddie’s “Beed Drinkin’ Dog” loves him some Schlitz!

Freddie Pate has paid hisself some dues, and wanted to put out an authentic blues album.  He’s spent some time on Delbert’s annual cruises, and, added to all his other experiences, “I Got The Blues” begs the question—“Are y’all ready for Freddie???”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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