Steve Krase Band review…June 12, 2018…

STEVE KRASE BAND

JUST WAITIN’

CONNOR RAY MUSIC  CRM 18-002

SETTIN’ THE WOODS ON FIRE–I DON’T MIND–JUST WAITIN’ ON MY BRAND NEW BABY–IRENE IRENE–THE BALLAD OF JED CLAMPETT–ALL IN THE MOOD–DIRTY DIRTY–BLAME IT ALL ON LOVE–NOBODY LOVES ME–MY BABY WALKED OFF

Texas harp-blaster Steve Krase wanted to keep things simple on his latest set for Connor Ray Music, “Just Waitin,” and have some fun while doing it.  As such, the ten cuts on this set offer up some fine examples of blues mixed with  a touch of roots, rock and roll, and even a blast of zydeco!

Steve’s been blessed with a solid core of backing musicians, including guitarists David Carter and Kenan Ozdemir, and bassist-producer, Rock Romano, who penned three of the cuts.  The versatility of Steve and this band adds to the good-times vibe of this set, and the opening cut sets the tone for the fun ahead.

David’s twangin’ intro kicks off Steve’s rockin’ take on Hank Sr.’s “Settin’ The Woods On Fire,” and Steve positively wails on the Diddley groove of “I Don’t Mind–I ain’t gonna worry and I ain’t got time!”  One of Rock’s tunes serves as the title cut, “Just Waitin’ On My Brand New Baby,” presented here in a more traditional Chicago-styled arrangement, while the funk’s the thing in the sly strut of “Dirty Dirty.”

We had two favorites, too.  Steve’s version of Howlin’ Wolf’s “All In The Mood” swings with the unabashed joy of the original, this one spiced up by David’s slide guitar.  By far, the set’s most unique cut had to be “The Ballad Of Jed Clampett,” done in zydeco fashion with accordion from Brian Jack, and rub-board from Mike Vee.  Markedly different from the TV theme, it’s still a real rockin’ good time!

The Steve Krase Band takes the traditional blues into all-new territory with “Just Waitin.”  And, it’s guaranteed to get you outta your seat and on your dancin’ feet!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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