Ike Reilly review….May 12, 2018…..

IKE REILLY

CROOKED LOVE

LIVING IN THE WRONG TIME–MISSILE SITE–SHE HAUNTS MY HIDEOUTS–TOOK IT LYING DOWN–BEEN LET DOWN–CLEAN BLOOD BLUES–LONG DREADFUL TIME–BOLTCUTTER AGAIN–DON’T TURN YOUR BACK ON FRIDAY NIGHT–TO DIE IN HER ARMS

Ike Reilly hails from Libertyville, IL, and he and his band, The Assassination, along their journeys down the blues highway, have been referred to as one of the best live bands in America.  Ike is a veteran of the blues-rock scene, and is about to release his seventh album, “Crooked Love,” on May 18, 2018.

For this set, Ike and co-producer Phil Karnats, who is on guitar on the set, also, wanted to try and capture some of the incendiary energy from their live shows by having the band in the same room as Ike.  As it played out, Ike was able to play guitar and sing at the same time, and the arrangements came as a result of those performances.  Fans, there are some excellent blues songs, all done slightly off-kilter and a bit irreverent and left-of-center, but good-rockin’ all the same.  Take the opener–“Living In The Wrong Time” looks at love thru the eyes of three splintered “couples,” each trying to figure out the other, and what they each can–or can’t–live without.  Our hero finds himself with yet another lover, these two looking for “one more lusty night” to ultimately “torch the future and scorch the past,” all done down on the “Missile Site.”  Being in a long-term relationship can at times take its toll on any man, for “it don’t take long to be in love for a “Long, Dreadful Time!”

We had three favorites, too.  A similarly-themed song about LTR’s takes a wistful turn, as Ike tries to rekindle any sparks of passion left, urging his partner to remember the good times, “Don’t Turn Your Back On Friday Night.”  In “Clean Blood Blues,” you can even walk on water, but, seemingly, you’re always guilty until proven innocent!  And, a seriously-humorous look at the immigration problems within the current administration takes a look at refugees, travel bans, and even “golden showers from golden towers,” the guitar-and-harp-heavy “Boltcutter Again!”

Every character in Ike Reilly’s songs is believable, likely lurking in the dimly-lit backstreets of all our collective blues psyches.’ They’re the ones who, once their dreams get stolen, are hell-bent to steal ’em back again!  No, love ain’t broke, it ain’t even badly bent, but sometimes it sho’ nuff is “Crooked Love!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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