Alex Lopez review….August 22, 2019….

ALEX LOPEZ

YOURS TRULY…ME

MAREMIL MUSIC AND RECORDS 2019

WOE IS ME–TUSH–TAKE ME BACK HOME–I’M A WORKING MAN–I’M A LOSING IT–I LOVE YOU BLUES–I CAN’T STOP–I WILL MISS YOU–CHASE MY BLUES AWAY–ALL I REALLY WANT IS YOU–SINFUL–CHEATING BLUES

Alex Lopez was born in rock-centric Cleveland, Ohio, and began his musical odyssey by playing keyboards.  His passion for British Invasion blues, tho, soon led him to the guitar.  His fourth release is entitled, “Yours Truly, Me….,” and is eleven original cuts and one cool reworked cover.  These are songs that, as Alex puts it, had no particular theme, but were just the best possible music at the time of their creation.  Several are re-invented from versions on earlier albums, but all his influences are here–blues, rock, British Invasion, and even some nods to Latino music.

Alex is on guitars and vocals, with his backing band, The Xpress.  They are Kenny Hoye on keys, Steve Roberts on bass, and David Nunez on drums.

Let’s get on to the highlights.  Gritty guitar drives the pounding, percussive ode to all us 9-to-5’ers, “giving all I have to give,” “I’m A Working Man.”  On the acoustic-themed “Take Me Back Home,” I swear it sounds like a long-lost cut from “The Layla Sessions.”  The set closes with a Stones-y, rocker, complete with horns, the balls-to-the-wall story of our hero who tells his lover to “quit looking hi and low,” ’cause “I got the Cheating Blues!”

We had two favorites, too.  The Hooker-esque boogie of ZZ Top’s “Tush” is replaced here with a polished, uptown funky groove and, hells yeah, it works!  The other featured Ellie Carr on duet vocals as our “Fever-ish” lovers realize they are “Sinful,” and the pleasure always leads to pain, but their carnal lust of youth always wins out.

Alex Lopez is a formidable force in contemporary blues, and we look forward to more from this outstanding young artist.  Please enjoy “Yours Truly, Me….”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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