Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Texas Slim: "Driving Blues"
On "Driving Blues" Texas Slim brings his authentic Texas blues guitar and vocals! This is Slim's second cd, after 2002's "I Have Arrived," and it is great to get another slice of Slim's top-notch rockin' blues guitar styling. Slim sounds great--every track shows the variety of that smoking Texas blues, with all the grit and growl and that great Texas guitar sound. The band is Aaron Comess from the Spin Doctors on drums bass and production, Alan Comess on keyboards, Pat Daughery on electric piano on "Deville," and Todd Horton on trumpet on "Cool With The Flow" and "Deville" and they give Slim a great sympathetic backing throughout. Every song is hot--things start off with "Welcome To The Game" and it just keeps going. The title track and "Three Bridges Blues" are big time SRV homage--they would fit in with any set of SRV songs, on every radio station in the country. "You're Hip" sounds like the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and "Funky Love" sounds like the master himself--Johnny Winter. On "Deville" Slim nods toward Tom Waits, just a bit, a fine soulful ballad featuring great work by the Mr Daughery and Mr Horton and a guitar solo that Jeff Beck would be proud to claim. And that's just the first half of the disc! Believe me, it's all good--check out "Coffee Shop Girl" and you'll have that tune running in your head all day long.
In my humble opinion, this is one of the best cds of the year, and the best cd to come out of Texas since Jim Suhler's "Dirt Road" in 2002. Top Cat Records has another winner. You can buy this disc at http://www.topcatrecords.com