Adam Holt review…May 15, 2019…..

ADAM HOLT

KIND OF BLUES

ZENITH ZAH 1905

MR. MORNING DRIVE–DON’T GIVE UP ON ME BABY–BOBBY–I’M STILL HOLDIN ON–BEFORE I TRUSTED YOU–GIVE THE DOG A BONE–THE STORY MUST GO ON–THE BOURGEOISIE–THE END–LAY LADY LAY

Alabama blues man Adam Holt blends blues, Southern rock, country and roots music into a deeply-soulful outing entitled “Kind Of Blues” for Zenith Records.  Nine of the ten cuts are Adam originals, with the lone cover, a cool read of Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay.” closing the set.  The album’s title is not only a nod to the type of music within the album, but also to young Adam’s collegiate and trumpet-playing days, when his favorite listening included Miles Davis’ classic “Kind Of Blue.”

On this set, Adam is on vocals, guitars, and keys, and opens the set with one of the more unique cuts on the album.  “Mr. Morning Drive,” co-written with his wife, Jillian, is a sweet tribute to her grandfather, Jack Bell, who was a DJ for 50 years, retiring at age 90!  You hear his actual voice shouting-out to all the nine-to-fivers on their way to work, interspersed with Adam’s rocked-up vocals.  “Still Holdin’ On” is a country-flavored tale of a man who refuses to let go of the past, and, especially a long-gone lover, while a low-down lover gets her come-uppance as our hero would rather “give my vote to Nixon,” “Before I Trusted You.”

Perhaps the album’s centerpiece served as our favorite.  As bittersweet as it is statement-making, “The Story Must Go On,” traces the Civil Rights movement from its infancy to the sad struggles that continue today, and Adam preaches that the war for freedom for all is a never-ending battle–only the characters change.

Adam Holt makes it clear with “Kinds Of Blue” that these songs speak from his heart.  They were borne of his own life experiences or those of the ones he loves, and he is an artist who always stays true to his own convictions.  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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