Sean Chambers review…November 7, 2018….

SEAN CHAMBERS

WELCOME TO MY BLUES

AMERICAN SHOWPLACE MUSIC  ASM 7501

WELCOME TO MY BLUES–BLACK EYED SUSIE–CHERRY RED WINE–BOXCAR WILLIE–CRY ON ME–ONE MORE NIGHT TO RIDE–RED HOT MAMA–YOU KEEP ME SATISFIED–KEEP MOVIN ON–ALL NIGHT LONG–RIVIERA BLUE

You know Sean Chambers knows somethin’ about the blues, as, from 1998 to 2003, he served as guitarist and bandleader for the iconic Hubert Sumlin.  Sean’s latest album for American Showplace Music, entitled “Welcome To My Blues,” features eight bristling originals and three waaay-cool covers.  Joining Sean on this set is Moe Watson on drums, Todd Cook on bass, and the inimitable John Ginty on keys.

As the old folks used to say, “It ain’t no wonder” that, during his tenure with Hubert’s outfit, Britain’s “Guitarist” magazine named Sean one of the Top 50 Blues Guitarists of the Last Century.  He wastes no time in blistering all things stringed in the leadoff title cut, where a love affair takes a wrong turn, so “if you wanna walk in my shoes, Welcome To My Blues,” scorching blues-rock at its best.  The slide’s the thing on the ensuing cut, embellished by the fore-day creep of John Ginty’s keys work, the curious tale of Big Joe and “Black Eyed Susie!”  One of John’s originals, “Boxcar Willie,” further showcases Sean’s affinity for a good blues story-in-song.

Sean channels his inner Elmore James on the roadhouse rock of “my Red Hot Mama, knows how to blow my fuse,” and, on this one, John is all over the straight-88’s, this one serving as one of our favorites.  The life of that traveling bluesman is chronicled via the slow blues of “got to Keep Movin’ On,” for the love of the music!  The set closes with our other favorite, a co-write between Sean and John, the guitar-and-piano-heavy,  plaintive instrumental, “Riviera Blue.”

Sean Chambers continues to be a torch-bearer for excellence in guitar-driven contemporary blues-rock.  Throw in this incredible band of backing musicians, and “Welcome To My Blues” is a welcome endeavor, indeed!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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