Brandon Santini review…March 18, 2019…..

BRANDON SANTINI

THE LONGSHOT

AMERICAN SHOWPLACE MUSIC  ASM  7610

DON’T COME AROUND HERE–BEGGIN’ BABY–ONE MORE DAY–DRIVE YOU OFF MY MIND–HEARTBREAKER–BROKEN BONES–BACK TO YOU–MY WORRIED MIND–GOING HOME–EVIL (IS GOING ON)–SOMEBODY’S GOTTA GO

Brandon Santini was raised up right in the Piedmont Region of North Carolina before making Memphis his home in 2003.  A triple-threat artist–vocalist, composer, and monster harpoon man–Brandon’s sound incorporates not only those of the Delta and the North Mississippi Hill Country, but also a rock element.  Regularly playing 250 shows a year, he has just released his latest set, “The Longshot,” for American Showplace Music.  Herein, he focuses on his blues and rock roots, with ten originals and one unique cover.  Brandon fields several guitarists for this project, including Jed Potts, Timo Arthur, Jimmy Bennett and Greg Gumpel.  Michael Bram  (when you get finished here, go check out his version of Kristofferson’s “Nobody Wins.”) is on percussion, Reid Muchow is on drums, Chuck Combs is on bass, and the venerable John Ginty is on anything with a keyboard.

That stompin’ percussion-heavy vibe from the Hill Country leads off, on “Don’t Come Around Here,” with Brandon’s wailin’ solo at about the 2:30 mark.  An acoustic intro gives way to Brandon’s appeal to the Highest Power for “One More Day,” when “the load gets too heavy.”   “Drive You Off My Mind” is a cool Delta footstomper as the harp-heavy tune details our hero with “a heart so heavy,” and “a troubled mind and a burnin’ soul.”

We had two favorites, too.  Furious percussion and echo-effect vocals drive the unique arrangement on Brandon’s read of “Evil (Is Going On),” featuring a serious harp solo at the break, while, at the opposite end of the blues rainbow, Brandon’s acoustic-themed ode to “troubled times,” where “solitude seems to be the only remedy” is “Broken Bones.”  Greg’s slide and John Ginty’s  gospel-ish keys work play an integral part here, too.

Brandon Santini cut his musical teeth in the clubs down on Beale Street, and has solidified himself as one of the excellent crop of young guns on the contemporary scene.  With his latest set, he is sho’ nuff not a “Longshot” in the blues!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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