Paul Gabriel review…September 6, 2019…..

PAUL GABRIEL

MAN OF MANY BLUES

SMOKE RING RECORDS

I FEEL GOOD–MAYBE WE CAN TALK AWHILE–COLD COLD COLD–IT BE THAT WAY SOMETIMES–NO FINANCE, NO ROMANCE–BLUES FOR GEORGIA–SECOND STORY MAN–MAN OF MANY BLUES-FACE FULL OF FROWN–ON THAT TRAIN–JUST A BITTERNESS–ANGEL–DEAR JOHN LETTER

New England-based guitarist/vocalist/composer Paul Gabriel has been nominated for Blues Music Awards, and received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Guitar excellence from the Connecticut Blues Society.  For his sophomore solo release, both of which were produced by Duke Robillard, he has written or co-written thirteen original unique and varied forays into the blues culture, aptly-entitled, “Man Of Many Blues,” for Smoke Ring Records.  The set also features Duke on guitar and Sugar Ray Norcia on harp as special guests.

The set opens with a cool, rhumba-rocked tribute to the Bluff City, with references to The Pyramid, Beale Street, and that good ‘cue from The Rendezvous, “music in the air, blues everywhere, I Feel Good.”  Our hero gets waay more than he bargained for after answering a shady lady’s call, “Maybe We Can Talk Awhile,” set over a jazzy, midtempo groove.  He keeps that groove goin’ with the title cut, the story of a man, who,  “in the face of temptation, did not fail,” a “Man Of Many Blues.”

We had three favorites, too.  A song built around advice given him by his late father teaches us all that there’s no real explanation for things, except “It Be That Way Sometimes!”  This one features harp from Sugar Ray.  Howard Eldredge is the guest duet vocalist on a jumpin’ tune about lovin’ a hi-maintenance woman, “No Finance, No Romance, that’s the way it is!”  The instrumental “Blues For Georgia” is a guitar-centric ode to the woman to whom the entire st is dedicated.  Georgia Louis was a gospel and blues vocalist with whom Paul spent many years working alongside.

Paul Gabriel’ versatility within many styles is his forte’.  He solidifies his legacy as one of the planet’s best guitarists on the strength of  “Man Of Many Blues.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

 

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