Tom Euler review…June 15, 2019….

TOM EULER

BLUES GOT MY BACK

BLUES GOT MY BACK–BRIDGE YOU AIN’T BURNT–PLAYED YOUR PART–ROCK ‘N’ ROLL THESE DAYS–BROKEN SOUL–FORGIVE ME–TRICKY BUSINESS–TOUGH GUY–MORE TO LIFE–THOUGHTS OF YOU

Tom Euler put a vicious band together, from some of the best players in the Coastal Virginia area.  They’ve opened for Delbert, and parlayed their skillset into a Semi-Finalist finish at the 2018 IBC’s down in Memphis.  Soon as they got home, they were hot to trot and hit the Soul Haven Studios in Virginia Beach, where they put together the ten originals that make up “Blues Got My Back.”  It’s a sho’ nuff groovy little record that is full of everything the IBC judges fawn over–straight blues, a touch of rock, some slow-blues, and even a monster shout-out to the likes of Brother Ray.

Tom is on vocals and all manner of guitars, with Von Jose’ Roberts on bass, Michael Behlmer on drums, and the lovely Lucy Lawrence Kilpatrick on keys.  The title cut leads off, bustin’ outta the gate as Tom rocks the shuffle and tells the story where “it don’t matter if you’re young, it don’t matter if you’re old, just sing your troubles away,” ’cause the “Blues Got My Back!”  Tom name-checks all the juke joints up and down Beale to bemoan “what passes for Rock “N” Roll These Days,” with light-fingers Lucy all over some Killer piano.  He shuffles out a message to all the sad folks addicted to their phones and social media, as “there’s More To Life than likes, views, and vanity!”

Our favorite was the most unique cut on the set.  Lucy’s sanctified piano plays over Tom’s plea to the Lord above to “please Forgive Me, for I have sinned,” channeling vintage Percy Mayfield and Ray Charles at their testifyin’ best.

Tom Euler has a mixed bag of influences, and all are on display in the soulful songs he composed for this set.  Yep—the “Blues Got My Back,” and it’ll have yours too!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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