Ghost Town Blues Band review….November 11, 2019….

GHOST TOWN BLUES BAND

SHINE

RUNNING OUT OF TIME–SODA POP–SHINE–LYIN’ TO YOURSELF–GIVIN’ IT ALL AWAY–DIRTY–HIGH AGAIN–MY FATHER’S SON–EVANGELIE–CARRY ME HOME–HEADING NOWHERE FAST–HEY THERE LUCINDA

The Ghost Town Blues Band is celebrating their tenth anniversary, and blues fans everywhere are the real winners. Led by native Memphian Matt Isbell on vocals and all things guitar, this band has finished second in the IBC’s, and played at B. B. King’s celebration of life upon his passing.  They have played on stages all over the world, and those live shows are the stuff of legend.  With their fifth release,”:Shine,” the fellows return to the studio, and  they bring a fine measure of that stage energy along with them.

Leading off is an anthem of empowerment, and not “keeping your dreams in jail,” “Running Out Of Time.”  It has a slide-heavy, good ole “Mule”-ish groove.  One of our favorites is “Soda Pop,” a slightly-naughty Hill Country stomp, where our hero asks all the girls to “shake up my soda, baby/shake it up ’til it pops!!”  Matt’s on the harp, too.  The horn section gives “Shine” a sweet STAX groove, while another favorite, “Dirty,” has some grungy guitar, as our hero recounts his life as a traveling bluesman, featuring a kick-ass rap break mid-song.  The good times roll on with “Evangelie,” with “the face of an angel and a heart of gold,” an excellent, uplifting song!  Beset by some bad breaks and setbacks, our man is “Heading Nowhere Fast, but I’m making good time!”  The set loses with our final favorite.  It’s the poignant story of a father who’s little girl is “growing up fast.”  They are separated by miles, and telephone calls are their only communications, thus, “Hey There Lucinda” accentuates the frailties of life.

The Ghost Town Blues Band, with “Shine,” have pulled off a tough feat.  They’ve gone in-studio and crafted a set that has the feel of a live show.  It continues their legacy of being equally-adept at bringing the best of traditional and contemporary blues to today’s discerning audiences!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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