Artur Menezes review…June 20, 2018….

ARTUR MENEZES

KEEP PUSHING

NOW’S THE TIME–KEEP PUSHING–COME WITH ME–ANY DAY, ANYTIME–SHOULD HAVE NEVER LEFT–LOVE ‘N’ ROLL–PULL IT THROUGH–GIVE MY MONEY BACK–CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY MIND–TIL THE DAY I DIE

Artur Menezes won the ultra-prestigious Gibson/Albert King/Best Guitarist Award during the 2018 IBC in Memphis, while finishing third in the overall Band Competition.  In his native Brazil, he was at the pinnacle of that country’s blues scene, opening for Buddy Guy’s South American tour in 2012.  Stateside, he’s opened for Bobby Rush in L. A., and is highly-respected among his fans and peers alike.  He has just released his fourth album, “Keep Pushing,” from his home base in L. A., and it burns with all the fever, fire, and fury of his live shows.

The set begins with a soul shout-out to the classics, as the horn section pushes Artur’s story of “someone guiding you to find the truth,” in the uplifting “Now’s The Time.”  The title cut rides a strong groove with piano from Carey Frank as Artur urges us to “Keep Pushing,” to “fill the hole in my soul.” If you’re looking for a little dose of funk, step on over to “Should Have Never Left,” with those icy-cold Albert Collins-inspired licks on that age-old “my baby left me, took everything I got” story.  He continues in a funky vein with “Give Me My Money Back,” where “you got everything, all I got was the blues!”  Artur even strides into a jazzy, “last call” mode, with muted trumpet and brush-stroked drums for the torchy love song, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind,” which climaxes in a soulful, breezy strut.

Our favorite was the slow-burn of “Any Day, Anytime,” Artur’s plea to a lover to whom he vows to return at her first calling.  This one has sweaty, B. B.-inspired licks, with Carey holding down the B-3.

It’s no wonder Artur Menezes fared so well at the IBC’s and is such a world-wide favorite.  Dazzling fretwork, showmanship, and excellent original material always works, and he’ll forever  “Keep Pushing!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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