David Julia review…November 8, 2018…..

DAVID JULIA

INSPIRED

VIZZTONE RECORDS VT-DJM 002

HEY THERE SALLY–THROW ME A ROPE–SOMETHING AIN’T RIGHT–SUNSHINE BOOGIE–IF ONLY–NICE AND WARM–DON’T GET ME GOIN’–EMPTY PROMISES–KEEP HER AROUND TOO LONG–CLEAN BREAK–YOU DON’T NEED NO SHELTER

Talk about a “pheenom”–David Julia is the epitome’ of the term.  This Florida-based bluesman is all of SEVENTEEN years old, and he’s been performing since he was seven!  He’s been to the IBC’s in Memphis four years in a row, and his latest album, “Inspired,” is a tribute to those players who have mentored and taught him.  It’s produced by another big-time player, Mike Zito, and it was laid down at Marz Studio in Nederland, TX.  Of the eleven cuts, six are David’s originals, and the covers are courtesy of a wide array of contemporary blues’ best.  He has a strong vocal delivery as well, and begins this set with a cool, Fifties-inspired shuffle, “Hey There Sally.”  He reprises that Fifties flair a bit later with the reverential love song, “If Only you were mine,” accentuated by the sanctified organ of Elliot Keys.

The young man goes wise beyond his years with two socially-conscious cuts that served as favorites.  First up, the minor-key “Throw Me A Rope” finds our hero dealing with friends “dying all around me,” fighting the battles of addiction.  Then, the bristling “Something Ain’t Right” takes dead aim at the “one percent” who have it all, while the rest of us struggle daily just to get by.  “Don’t Get Me Going,” is a good-time ode to youth, ’cause “I can go all night,” and David and Zito close the set with a playful acoustic duet.  Even in the face of the brutal storms that have plagued the Deep South this season, “You Don’t Need No Shelter, long as I’m around!”

David Julia is fulfilling his promise to those who have nurtured his talents, and is having a fun time doing it.  Get “Inspired” by this powerful young artist!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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