Delta Groove Music artist: Kevin Selfe - Long Walk Home - New Release Review
I just received a copy of soon to be released (February 19, 2013 on Delta Groove Records) Long Walk Home by Kevin Selve. This is a really cool release with a variety of blues styles covered. The release opens with Duct Tape On My Soul, a nice loping blues track with plenty of T-Bone Walker influenced guitar riffs. Selfe takes advantage of this rhythm and lays down some really sweet solos. Mama Didn't Raise No Fool gets a bit more of a Chicago tempo featuring Mitch Kashmar on harp as well as stinging fretwork from Selfe. Selfe also has a hot voice for this style of music and blends nicely with his band. One of my favorites on the release, Moving Day Blues, has a slow T-Bone walker style setup with piano by Gene Taylor and great horn work by Joe McCarthy (trumpet), Chris Mercer (Tenor Sax), Brad Ulrich (Bari sax) and particularly hot riffs from Selfe.... dig those double stops, hot off tempo riffs and soulful bends. Smokin!!!! Last Crossroad is a lighter acoustic style blues with a running rhythm and slide. Dancing Girl opens with a ZZ Top riff and then opens into a very traditional sounding Chicago stye blues track. This is a really strong track. I particularly like Selfe's guitar work on this track. He has a strong style of his own and his solos are intense and provoking. Midnight Creeper opens with some nice open tuned slide work. Developing into a rocking blues track Selfe continues to show the diversity of his songwriting. Walking Funny is a fast "jump" blues again backed by Jimi Bott on drums who adds a specific brightness. Taylor again on piano and the horn section really drive Selfe on classic jump blues riffs. This is a hot track! Second Box On The Left, a loping blues track, opens with with sweet guitar riffs and again allows plenty of space for smooth vocals and guitar by Selfe but also features some nice horn backing and soloing. Put Me Back In Jail is a slide "free for all" along the lines of Hound Dog Taylor. Overall this is a really strong recording and one that I'm certain will be well received.
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