Tony Campanella review…April 12, 2019….

TONY CAMPANELLA

TAKING IT TO THE STREET

GULF COAST RECORDS

TAKING IT TO THE STREET–PACK IT UP–ONE FOOT IN THE BLUES–YOU DON’T KNOW–GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOLGIRL–FINGER ON THE TRIGGER–MR. CLEANHEAD–CHECKING ON MY BABY–TEXAS CHAINSAW–MY MOTOR’S RUNNING–THOSE ARE THE TIMES

Mike Zito has known blues guitarist Tony Campanella for some 30 years, going back to their days in St. Louis.  Tony’s gritty, biting, rocked-up blues were exactly what Zito and Gulf Coast Records co-founder Guy Hale were looking for when they established the label.  In the natural order of things, Tony was soon on his way to Zito’s Nederland, TX, Marz Studios for his latest set, “Taking It To The Street.”

Tony mentored with many of the legends in the St. Louis area, and his “in your face” guitar style leads off, firing on all 8 with the title cut, the amped-up buzz of our hero letting it be known that his true calling is to share his passion for the blues “with everyone I meet!”  “Pack It Up” pays a sweet tribute to SRV, while he calls out a cheatin’ lover with some fired-up funk, “You Don’t Know, but I know about all your cheatin’, all your lies.”

We had several favorites.  Get out your dancin’ shoes for Tony’s good-time romp thru Junior Wells’ “Checking On My Baby,” then be prepared to be blown away by some emotional slow blues.  The forecast sho’ nuff calls for pain in the somber tale of a man with “nothin’ else to lose,”  “One Foot In The Blues.”  Everybody has a fun time with the bump and grind stop-time groove dedicated to bald men everywhere, “Mr. Cleanhead,” and he spits in the collective eyes of all his naysayers who never gave him much of a chance at success with the layered-guitar, Delta-droning groove of that mighty “Texas Chainsaw.”

Zito himself says Tony Campanella is “pure soul,” and “Taking It To The Street” is the stone-cold, 100-proof truth.  As for this set, listen or get the Hell outta the way!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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