Alastair Greene Live review…August 20, 2018….

ALASTAIR GREENE

LIVE FROM THE 805

RIP CAT RECORDS  RIC 1805

DISC 1:  THE SWEETEST HONEY–BIG BAD WOLF–TROUBLE AT YOUR DOOR–3 BULLETS–RED WINE WOMAN–SAY WHAT YOU WANT–LOVE SO STRONG–DOWN TO MEMPHIS–LAWDY MAMA–LUCKY 13

DISC 2:  DREAM TRAIN–BACK WHERE I BELONG–T’OTHER WAY–LAST TRAIN AROUND THE SUN–LOVE YOU SO BAD–RAIN STOMP–BIG BOSS MAN–FIRST BORN SON–SHOE ON THE OTHER FOOT–WALKING IN CIRCLES

Alastair Greene is one of the smokin’-hottest blues guitar players of our generation.  He is celebrating twenty years of rockin’ the blues all over the world with the 20-cut, double-CD “Live From The 805,” a Santa Barbara, CA, venue, and the whole shootin’ match was recorded by Rip Cat Records.  Alastair’s power trio consists of himself on guitars and vocals, with Jim Rankin on bass and backing vocals, and Austin Beede on drums.  As a unit, they give the people exactly what they want, with favorites from his five prior studio albums, plus some well-chosen covers from the likes of Jr. Wells, Jimmy Reed, and Albert Collins.

The party begins with one of our favorites, the blister-stringin’ blues-rock of our hero’s run-in with the local sheriff over the alleged theft of “The Sweetest Honey!”  “Say What You Want” is another cut where the slide guitar is the boss, ridin’ over a modified Diddley beat.  Our other favorite from Disc One serves as pretty much Alastair’s autobiography, where, goin’ “Down To Memphis, that’s one place a lost soul can be found,” especially where a bluesman is concerned!

Disc Two keeps the blues fire burnin’ just as hot.  Perhaps a shot at certain members of today’s society, those who are prone to lies in the name of silver-spoon entitlement are, decidedly, on “The Last Train Around The Sun.”  It is scathing in its tone, and Alastair’s playing is as biting and acidic as the lyrical content.  “Big Boss Man” is presented here in a fluid, more danceable pace, while Mr. Collins’ “Shoe On The Other Foot” is a funky good time with which Alastair and the fellows serve up a lot of fun.  For us, tho, the Disc Two closer sums up the whole spirit of the night and the message Alastair intended to convey.  It plays out as a brilliant tribute to the classic Elmore James sound, entitled “Walking In Circles tryin’ to find the straight line that leads back to my baby!”  Fun at it’s finest, y’all!

With Alastair Greene, you won’t have to search the world over to find him.  Grab a copy of “Live At The 805” and enjoy one of the hottest live sets it’s been our pleasure to hear in recent memory.  Rock on, Mr. Greene!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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