Big Al And The Heavyweights review…December 2, 2018….

BIG AL AND THE HEAVYWEIGHTS

WORLD FULL OF TROUBLE

ELLERSOUL RECORDS  ELL 1811

WORLD FULL OF TROUBLE–FOOL FOR YOU–LOVE SO FINE–TESTIFY–BAYOU LIFE–BIG OLD RUSTY CAR–SPANISH MOSS–MOTHER TRUCKER–MILLIONAIRE BABY–CRAZY ABOUT YOU BABY–TWO WRONGS DON’T MAKE A RIGHT–SOMETHING GOT TO CHANGE

We’ve been fans of drummer extraordinaire Big Al (Lauro) And The Heavyweights virtually since their inception as the Unknown Band back in 1993.  Then, we were the old Music City Blues Society, and we were just beginning to write reviews.  Twenty-five years further on up the road, we’re all still doin’ what we love best, and Big Al And The Heavyweights have just released their seventh CD overall, the very-aptly-titled “World Full Of Trouble,” for EllerSoul Records.

That’s where the set begins–with that title cut that hopes “one day love will conquer hate,” but, at least for now, we are all in a “World Full Of Trouble.”  This one features guitar from another good friend of ours, Steady Rollin’ Mister Bob Margolin.  Bob returns on guitar a bit later for one of our favorites, the shufflin’ boogie of “my baby gives me Love So Fine,” with additional guitar from John Lisi, and piano and vocals from Wayne Lohr.  The fellows get into an early Mardi Gras groove with “Bayou Life,” featuring Lance Younger on vocals, Jason Ricci on harp, and Greg Shatz on accordion.  Dwight Brelnad adds pedal steel to another of our favorites, the country-tinged tale of “that thin white line,” “Mother Trucker,” with Lance on vocals.  They close the set with our last favorite, Wayne’s plaintive vocal and keys work on a story of today’s less-than-stellar economy, where, “the more I work, the less money I see,” “Something Got To Change.”  This one has killer sax from Dean Galatas, too.

Big Al And The Heavyweights have been partyin’ long and strong for 25 years now, and just keep on gettin’ better the more blues they bring to us fans.  If you want some great boogie-blues with a Southern-styled groove, get on down with “World Full Of Trouble.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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