Keith Stone review…September 6, 2018….

KEITH STONE with RED GRAVY

BLUES WITH A TOUCH OF NEW ORLEANS

AIN’T THAT THE BLUES–LOVE DONE PUT ME DOWN–YOU AIN’T GOT NOTHING–RED GRAVY–CRAZY IN LOVE WITH YOU–DON’T COUNT ME OUT–BLUE EYED ANGEL–TIME TO MOVE ON–HARD TO HAVE THE BLUES–SOMETHING IN THE WATER

For Keith Stone, it’s always been about layin’ down some great grooves.  His second release finds him teamed up with three of New Orleans’ finest players, who collectively bill themselves as one of that city’s most delectable edibles, Red Gravy.  They bring it all to a nice simmer with “Blues With A Touch Of New Orleans.”  Keith is on vocals and guitar, and Red Gravy is cookin’ with gas featuring Tom Worrell on keys, Eddie Christmas on drums, and Kennan Shaw on the bass.  Brent Johnson guests on slide guitar, as does Jimmy Carpenter on sax.

The good times commence to rollin’ with the tale of a man so far under that bad sign that even God Himself tells him, “son, you’re outta luck,” and ev’body knows, “Ain’t That The Blues.”  A shot of Meter-riffic funk follows, with Tom all over that stuttering keys work in “Love Done Put Me Down.”  Keith gets into a torchy mood with the last-call anthems, “Crazy In Love With You,” and the slow-and-steady “Hard To Have The Blues,” both bubbling with deep-rooted soul.

We enjoyed him best, tho, thru his dancin’ grooves.  One such is “Time To Move On,” with an ultra-funky backbeat and some ice-cold, Collins-mixed guitars The other, which served as our favorite, is the title cut, built around that “special dish,” from the “city that loves to eat,” that good ole N’Awlins “Red Gravy,” riding an irresistible second-line pattern.

With “Blues With A Touch Of New Orleans” Keith Stone makes sure that the best blues comes blastin’ outta the Crescent City, and adding that Red Gravy gives it that extra-special touch!   Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow.

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