The Bob Lanza Blues Band review…August 24, 2018….

THE BOB LANZA BLUES BAND

KIDS, DOGS, AND KRAZY WOMEN

CONNOR RAY MUSIC  CRM 1804

KIDS, DOGS, AND KRAZY WOMEN–LITTLE MOMMA–NOT THE MAN I USE TO BE–WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT–FULL TIME LOVER–HEY COTTON–PROBLEMS–EVERY SIDE OF LONESOME–LET ME IN–HEY BABY–RARITAN RIVER STOMP

Bob Lanza hails from north New Jersey, and is one of the most prolific artists in the Connor Ray Music stable of artists.   Hard-hitting, guitar-driven blues is his forte’, and, man, does he show up and show out on his latest set, “Kids, Dogs, And Krazy Women.”  It features a cool mix of Bob’s originals and covers, and the whole thing was laid down on Bob’s home turf, produced by  Anthony Krizan at his  Sonic Boom Recording Studios in Raritan, NJ.  Anthony is on guitars, especially the slide, and is also on drums and percussion.  with Vin Mott on drums and harp, and Dave Lockhart on bass.  Along with Bob on vocals and guitar, is the venerable John Ginty, another member of that close-knit Jersey blues scene, on anything with a keyboard!

For openers, there’s the slide-happy title cut, where Bob laments three things that terrorize his life!  Bob takes us all down to the West Side of Chicago for the Magic Sam-flavored “Not The Man I Use To Be,” an excellent, minor-key, slow-blues.  As a young, up-and-coming bluesman, Bob backed harp legend James Cotton, so Bob and Vin absolutely tear the house down on a lightning-fast tribute to this iconic player with “Hey Cotton–’til we meet again!”  “Problems” follows an Excello-riffic groove as Bob laments the “problems with my woman,” and “problems with my wife!”  Another dance floor burner seems to be the corollary to the above-mentioned problems, where, “since my baby’s been gone, I’ve been on Every Side Of Lonesome!”  “Let Me In” features mighty fine acoustic piano from John, as our hero pleads for a second chance at love, and the set closes with a beautiful acoustic instrumental straight outta the Delta, “Raritan River Stomp.”

We had two favorites, too.  Bob turns the classic “Walkin’ After Midnight” into a swingin’ rave-up, while he breaks off another monster jam with a song we first heard by Kim Wilson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds back in the day, the slow-to-fast groove of “she used to be my part-time woman, but she’s my Full Time Lover now.”

It’s a foregone conclusion that The Bob Lanza Blues Band is always going to bring the best in blues to his fans.  We are loving us some “Kids, Dogs, And Krazy Women!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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