Griff Hamlin review…July 26, 2019…..

GRIFF HAMLIN

AND THE SINGLE BARREL BLUES BAND

I’LL DRINK TO THAT

ALMOST LEVEL WITH THE GROUND–SAME TO YOU–DOWN AND OUT–SOMEONE–NOTHING BETTER–LOUISIANA HOLIDAY–DON’T LIE–WHERE WOULD I BEGIN–GOT TO END–BOURBON AND A PISTOL

Many folks are familiar with Griff Hamlin thru his Blues Guitar Unleashed instructional website, and a legion of followers via social media and YouTube.  With all these fans clamoring for a release, he has obliged them with ten original songs from Griff Hamlin And The Single Barrel Blues Band, entitled, “I’ll Drink To That.”  The cuts show Griff’s guitar versatility within the realm of blues-rock, slow-blues, with even a nod to The Big Easy.

The cuts also employ a fine horn section throughout, along with a brilliant crew of backing musicians, as the set opens with a scalding tale of struggling just to make it day by day, and finding oneself “Almost Level With The Ground.”  “Down And Out,” one of our favorites, is a rockin’ tale about what the old folks used to say when your money ran out, “nobody loves you when you’re down and out,” featuring some mighty sweet piano from Ty Bailie.  “Don’t Lie” rocks out over a cool SRV-Double Trouble groove, while “Louisiana Holiday” practically begs for Mardi Gras to hurry up and get here!

We had two other favorites.  “Someone” is a deep-down-in-your-soul slow-blueser, with Ty getting in some extended organ passages.  The set closes with a Brother Ray-inspired groover, as our hero’s looking for a cheatin’ lover with “A Bourbon in my left hand, And A Pistol in my right!”

With his vast number of fans and followers, Griff Hamlin And The Singe Barrel Blues Band hit #1 on the ITunes Chart hours after it was released, and #9 on the Billboard Top Blues Album chart the following week.  “I’ll Drink To That” has it all—excellent musicians playing various styles of blues that will satisfy every soul!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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