Eric Schenkman review…January 3, 2019….

ERIC SCHENKMAN

WHO SHOT JOHN?

VIZZTONE RECORDS   VT-1263

I’M ALRIGHT–LOCKED IN THE HOUSE ALL DAY–LINCOLN’S FEAT–WHO SHOT JOHN?–NO PAIN–SIGN OF THE TIMES–FAR AWAY–ONLY A FOOL–FORTUNE TELLER–AGENT ORANGE BLUES

If you’ve ever heard “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” or “Pocket Full Of Kryptonite” from the Spin Doctors, then you’re familiar with the guitar stylings of Eric Schenkman, as he co-wrote all five of their Top Ten hits.  Eric has a lot of bluesman in his soul, tho, and it shows thru proudly on his third solo set, “Who Shot John?,” for Vizztone Records.  It’s equal parts butt-rockin’ blues and the pop-flavored things his old band was noted for.  Along with Eric on guitar and vocals, Van Romaine and Cody Dickinson are on drums, and co-producer Shawn Kellerman is on bass.

The fellows split time in studios in Newark, NJ, Kitchener, NY, and Memphis, and the groove is hot throughout.  Eric kicks off in a blues-rock vein with “I’m Alright,” where “you get what you get, and I got what I got!”  He gets in a John The Revelator groove on “Lincoln’s Feat,” a country-fied number ’bout “Salvation–get it free/temptation, pay to see!”  He gets everybody ready for Mardi Gras in the title cut, as “Who Shot John” definitely has a strong New Orleans feel, and served as one of our favorites.  “Far Away” hearkens back to the halcyon days of the Spin Doctors, with this infectious boogie serving as our other favorite, and Eric closes the set with the grungy, fuzzed-out endless boogie of “Agent Orange Blues.”

Eric Schenkman and the fellows strove for a “live” feel on “Who Shot John?,” and, as one listens, that spontaneity shows thru in the grooves!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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