Scott Sharrard review…September 8, 2018….

SCOTT SHARRARD

SAVING GRACE

WE SAVE MUSIC  WSM 001

HIGH COST OF LOVING YOU–FAITH TO ARISE–SAVING GRACE–EVERYTHING A GOOD MAN NEEDS–ANGELINE–WORDS CAN’T SAY–SHE CAN’T WAIT–SWEET COMPROMISE–TELL THE TRUTH–KEEP ME IN YOUR HEART–SENTIMENTAL FOOL

Scott Sharrard, a brilliant guitarist, singer, and composer,  served as the Musical Director for the Gregg Allman Band for nearly ten years, and continues the legacy of successful bands formed by members of the Allman Brothers Band and its many incarnations.  His fifth solo album, tho, entitled “Saving Grace,” takes his band one giant step forward, as this set teams Scott with the Hi Rhythm Section, the ol’ Muscle Shoals Swampers, Spooner Oldham and Dan Penn, with Chad Gamble.  The last extra special added attraction finds Taj Mahal himself guesting on vocals on Gregg Allman’s last written original.

This set has Scott’s incredible guitars and soul-drenched vocals at the fore, and the rhythm and horns take his Southern Rock background to a new level, with elements of blues, gospel, and classic soul.  We’re off and running with the opening “High Cost Of Loving You,” which is  way more than our lovable “mixed-up fool” is prepared to pay, while “Faith To Arise” features Scott’s searing slide on a tale of a road-weary musician ready “to get back home.”  You can hear Scott’s Allman influence all over this one.  “Angeline” is a cool, Fifties-inspired song about a love affair long-broken thru infidelity, but our hero still longs for “the girl of my dreams.”

We had two favorites, too.  Speaking of infidelities, Scott visits the theme of tryin’ to love two in “She Can’t Wait,” where, in the end, our philandering Romeo ends up losing not only his solid lover, but his side pony, too, from the “greed and lust that blinded me.”  And, Scott’s slide is in perfect step with Taj Mahal’s vocal on what turned out to be Gregg Allman’s last written original.  “Everything A Good Man Needs” details that special ,lover who can “soothe me in the morning and rock me thru the night!”

The traditions began by the Allman Brothers Band and carried on by players such as Warren Haynes, Great Southern, Tedeschi-Trucks, and many, many others, are in good hands with Scott Sharrard.  “Saving Grace” brings together all his many influences in one sweet package!  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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