Monday, February 1, 2016
Kirk Fletcher 2010 My Turn
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Size: 114,01 MB
For me the release of the year! I've met this guy and have watched him play blues guitar with several artists over the years. This is only his third solo album since 1999. Each album has been very different. On his first he played like if part of the Hollywood Fats Band, attempting to fill Michael Mann's shoes. On his second album he did a Chicago Blues thing. Now he has evolved in to a blues-rock or rock-blues guitarist. On the urging of blues veteran Charlie Musselwhite to just play what he feels and don't worry about labels, he is showing some heavy influences from Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. On this album also I hear traces of Gary Moore, Otis Rush, Eric Clapton, Albert King, Carlos Santana, and Al Di Meola. Also some good company to keep! There are at least three killer tracks on this album. Song by song:
"El Medio Stomp," Texas electric blues, reminds me of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Medium fast tempo.
"Found Love," slow honk-tonk tune with guitar in place of piano. Several guitar tracks infact, some sounding banjo and mandolin like. Clever.
"Natural Anthem," Kinda a combined Chicago and Texas blues sound. Has a slide guitar solo and horns. Hard to explain.
"Ain't No Way," Medium tempo Chicago Blues. Nice.
"My Turn," Funk-blues, that is different and fun sounding at beginning, later with a jazzy solo. Solo is Hendrix influenced slightly.
"Congo Square," One of three killer tunes on this album. Funk, Soul, Rock, Jazz, the works. Lead guitar reminds me of Al Di Meola or Carlos Santana, but with a Southern twist. Even has short drum solo. Distortion and feedback at finale. This song is good!
"Way Back Home," Mostly a saxophone blues piece during first half. Then a similar tune is played on guitar. Piece gradually gets louder and busier, adding organ. Things calm down again towards the end.
"Blues For Antone," a blues radio hit for sure. Here Kirk sounds like he has turned into Stevie Ray Vaughan. False start with acoustic picking and scale runs. Medium pace but with rapid fire guitar strumming and lead lines. Again a Texas blues style tune. With wah-wah and "NBC" TV tones at the finale.
"Let Me Have It All," Another funky tune. Like a quirky bluesy Sly and The Family Stone tune.
"Continents End," Could be in rock radio rotation. Here Kirk pulls out all the stops. Starts slow with a few swampy notes. With a military like drum beat, and then a second lead guitar track. Now a woman begins a spoken word monologue about earthly geology and ecology. Sort of trippy and psychedelic. Through the tune runs guitar solos that have heavy elements of Jimi Hendrix plus Albert King or Eric Clapton. Overall a bit like a few Jimi Hendrix tunes but instead of outer space topics here we get the changing Earth.
The other players on this album are all great too. Kirk must have spent time on the arrangements as well. Every electric guitar fan should give this album a listen. Ignore any negative reviews. They either don't know what they are talking about or are fixated into only a very narrow niche of the Blues, i.e., pure Chicago Blues, like his last album. The blues can be many specific styles just like rock or jazz, and they of course can all be blended. Purity is fine, but it can get boring. Request your local radio station to play songs from this CD. (Michael D. Williams)
01 - El Medio Stomp 03:34
02 - Found Love 03:53
03 - Natural Anthem 04:28
04 - Ain't No Way 03:01
05 - My Turn 05:27
06 - Congo Square 05:11
07 - Way Back Home 07:48
08 - Blues For Antone 04:06
09 - Let Me Have It All 05:43
10 - Continents End 06:39
Gamble for more Kirk Fletcher