Billy Hector review…August 11, 2018….

BILLY HECTOR

SOME DAY BABY

GHETTO SURF MUSIC   GSM 026

WIZARD OF BABYLON–SOMEDAY BABY–BUTT NAKED AND FUNK–HIT THE ROAD–BUSY MAN–MOONLIGHT IN HER EYES–BAREBACK–JOLENE–ALABAMA BOUND–ON YOUR BOND–WHISKEY–CREEPER–ROAD TO HAPPINESS

Billy Hector is a blues guitarist of the highest order.  A long-time stalwart on the Asbury Park/Jersey Shore scene, many scribes have referred to him as a “New Jersey state treasure,” and rightfully so.  Add in his powerfully-soulful vocals, and Billy’s the whole package.  With a career spanning over three decades, he’s won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jersey Shore Jazz And Blues Foundation, and his latest album, “Some Day Baby,” finds this outstanding man of the blues at the absolute top of his game.

He starts things off with the horn-soaked, funky tale of con men in general, and that “Wizard Of Babylon,” in specific, a true “joker who never done a damn thing right!” Wah-wah’s the word on the scalding blues-rock of the title cut, where our hero vows, “Some Day Baby, I ain’t gonna mop no dirty floor.”  “Jolene” is a pure dance floor burner, as Billy wonders aloud, “where you get your whiskey from,” and “why you won’t give me none!”  Dennis Gruenling is the guest harpoon man on the traditional blues of “Alabama Bound,” with Billy lettin’ his slide run wild, as he does on another fine old-time blues cut, “you’re gonna need somebody On Your Bond.”  And, John Ginty is on the B-3 that defines the slinky groove of the story of a no-good woman who’s a real midnight “Creeper.”

We had two favorites, too.  If you want to dance your blues away, there’s no better way to do it than just get “Butt Naked And Funk!”  And, the set closes with a fine duet featuring Suzan Lastovica.  The cut is synonymous with that whole breezy, endless-summer vibe the Jersey Shore is noted for, and it takes us on “The Road To Happiness–it’s right outside my door!”

Billy Hector sums up life in general at the end of the final cut on “Some Day Baby,”—“Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff!”  His reputation as one of the most unique and revered bluesmen on the planet is further embellished by this killer set!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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