Breezy Rodio review….November 20, 2019….

BREEZY RODIO

IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT

DELMARK RECORDS  DE 860

IF IT AIN’T BROKE DON’T FIX IT–FROM DOWNTOWN CHICAGO TO BILOXI BAY–A WOMAN DON’T CARE–I’M A SHUFFLIN FOOL–A MINUTE OF MY KISSING–LOOK ME IN THE EYE–DESPERATE LOVER–LOS CHRISTIANOS–LED TO A BETTER LIFE–GREEN AND UNSATISFIED–THE BREEZE–I’LL SURVIVE–PICK UP BLUES–DEAR BLUES–I NEED YOUR LOVE–ANOTHER DAY

It might sound cliche’-ish, but Breezy Rodio has sho’ nuff paid his dues in order to become a force on the fiercely-competitive Chicago scene.  Nine years spent as a guitarist in Linsey Alexander’s outfit gave him the impetus to go out on his own, and he has not only survived, but thrived.  Witness his latest set for Delmark, “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It.”  It is a whopping sixteen original songs, featuring Breezy on guitar and vocals, and this set also has special appearances from Monster Mike Welch, Corey Dennison, Kid Andersen, and Quique Gomez.

Opening the proceedings is the Godfather Of Soul-inspired title cut,  as our hero tells an indifferent lover that he’s here to play the blues, ’cause “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It.”  Next up, Breezy finds that one special lover, and shouts it “From Downtown Chicago To The Biloxi Bay,” set over some fine slide playing.  Kid Andersen is on second guitar here, too.  Breezy gets in a Berry-licious mode on one of our favorites, as he extols the virtues of “A Minute Of My Kissing,” spiced up by piano from Ariyo Ariyoshi.  His introduction to his Lord and Savior is chronicled in the Sunday-morning fervor of “Led To A Better Life,” while another of our favorites is a spoken-word, slow-blues tribute to several of his heroes, “Dear Blues.”  Our other favorite was aimed at the guys–be you young, old, rich, or poor, beware–“A Woman Don’t Care who she gives the blues!”

Breezy Rodio just keeps getting better with each album.  He’s hit on a solid, winning formula, as his fans thrive on his versatility, so, “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!”   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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