Shane Dwight review…April 11, 2019….

SHANE DWIGHT

NO ONE LOVES ME BETTER

RED PARLOR RECORDS  RDP 1901

NO ONE LOVES ME BETTER–SHE LIKES TO RIDE–IF YOU AIN’T THE DEVIL–BULLETS AND GASOLINE–SUCKER–STAND UP–WHITE POWDER–LEVY GIRL–SHAKIN–TRIAL OF A POET

Of course, California native and bluesman extraordinaire Shane Dwight is a killer guitarist and vocalist, but it is his uncanny way with a lyric that moves him to the forefront of the contemporary blues scene.  His latest set for Red Parlor is the ten originals that comprise “No One Loves Me Better.”  It was laid down ’bout 30 miles from our house at Kevin McKendree’s Rockhouse Studio over in Franklin,   Kevin is on keys throughout, too, with Shane on guitars and vocals, and Rob McNelly on rhythm.

The songs, as Shane so succintly puts it, deal with “whiskey, wimmin, and the music business” as a whole, with several mini-“morality plays” spread over the ten cuts.  All are driven by a powerful groove, as well.  Leading off, Shane offers up the title cut,  a sweet ode to that one special one, “No One Loves Me Better than you,” which is followed by a bristling tale about women who, seemingly regardless of upbringing, all have a “wild child” streak–yeah, “She Likes To Ride!”  The light-hearted “Sucker” features Shane with a little bit of a rapped delivery, paying tribute to not only his Cali roots, but to the lovely young women who reside there!  Firebrand harp from Mickey Raphael and Shane’s acoustic Delta leanings on guitar trace our hero, who’s “prone to sin” and the consequences of “White Powder.”

That cut set the tone for our two favorites.  Another cut with a home down at the corner of Mississippi highways 61 and 49 is “Bullets And Gasoline,” as our young man makes a tragic choice when his “girlfriend was sleepin’ in the boss’s bed!”  The set closes with another of Shane’s incredible stories-in-song.  This one deals with tryin’ to get to Heaven in a world where “the blues takes hold,” the powerful “Trial Of A Poet.”  This one features backing vocals from another of our favorite women in all blues, Bonnie’s little girl, Bekka Bramlett!

In 2001, Shane Dwight and his band traveled to the Monterey Blues Festival’s Battle of the Bands, which they won.  It was there that Shane realized that he was standing on the same hallowed ground that one of his heroes, Jimi, had also once stood.  He’s never looked back, and “No One Loves Me Better” offers up his strongest and most personal set of songs to date!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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