Dennis Brennan and the White Owls review…March 13, 2019….

DENNIS BRENNAN

AND THE WHITE OWLS

LIVE AT ELECTRIC ANDYLAND

VIZZTONE RECORDS  VT-DB01

CUTTIN IN–NOTHIN BUT LOVE–YES I’M LOVING YOU–THE (NEW) CALL OF THE FREAKS-TANGLE–THREE KIND OF BLUES–I LIVE THE LIFE I LOVE–FOOLKILLER–I’M ON MY LAST GO ROUND–NO EXPECTATIONS

Dennis Brennan has been one of Boston’s unsung heroes of the blues for a number of years.  A consummate vocalist, harpman, and songwriter, you can listen to his music and derive that his influences are heavily blues- and soul-oriented.  Dennis and his band, The White Owls, have been holding down a weekly gig at a local bar, and wanted to record a live album in this familiar setting, and “Live At Electric Andyland” fills that bill.  It features band originals and some obscure, well-played covers from Willie Dixon, Johnny Guitar Watson, Big Al Downing, and, even the Stones.

Dennis puts on his soul man shoes for the opener, Johnny Guitar Watson’s tale of reconciliation with an estranged lover, “I’m Cuttin’ In on you!”  He shows off his harp chops on the rocked-up blues of “it ain’t Nothin But Love that makes me feel this way!  Guitarist Tim Gearan penned the beautiful tale of unrequited love, looking for  “The End Of The Blues,”  Stephen Sadler is all over the lap steel guitar in the humorous tale of “The (New) Call Of The Freaks,” with a great “team” vocal!  Stephen penned one of our favorites, a haunting, percussion-heavy trip down to the Crossroads, introducing Dennis to “Three Kinds Of Blues,” while another favorite was the slide-heavy, amped-up read of Mose Allison’s “Foolkiller, comin’ closer day by day!”  Our final favorite closed the set, on a bit of a pensive note, with Dennis giving a deeply-soulful read of the Jagger/Richards lovelorn tale of “No Expectations.”

With a vibe reminiscent of Dyke And The Blazers and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Dennis Brennan and the White Owls have sho’ nuff paid some dues to play these blues.  His fans have been begging for an album, and “Live At Electric Andyland” will sate them for a while, but, Dennis, please bring us more, and soon!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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