Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bryce Janey 1999 Bare Wire

Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:52:17
Size: 119,65 MB

United States

With Stratocaster tones that alternately sting, purr and snarl, Bryce Janey mixes a mean mess of blues on "Bare Wire." He's got his father, BillyLee, to back him on rhythm guitar, while bassist Dan Johnson and ace drummer Steve Hays lock in and never falter. Janey is from Marion, Iowa, and the album was recorded beautifully at Catamount Recording Studios in Cedar Falls. Aurally, "Bare Wire" is a couple of notches above the average independent release; it's crisp and clean with a rich, deep bottom end. Janey gets the most out of his guitar, flipping through pickup combinations, sometimes in mid-solo, to add variety to his Texas licks. He kicks off opener "Hold On" with a crisp, out-of-phase lead sound, singing the shuffle in a laconic Charlie Musselwhite-like style.

"Dangerous Cool" has the feel of Howlin' Wolf's "Who's Been Talking," with keyboardist Tom Giblin, late of Lonnie Brooks band, upping the soul factor via B-3 fills. Janey takes some chances with his ripping solo here, leaving in some deep edges and showing a lot of heart. On "Drinkin' Dirty Water," he digs in with an Albert Collins tone icy enough to send shivers up your spine. Fleet-fingered and smart, he solos in bursts of gritty riffs, some familiar, and some fresh.

Other pleasures include "Stop the Rain," in which the elder Janey's flavourful rhythm guitar rolls around like a first sip of smooth whiskey on the tongue. It's a well written blue soul tune, though it must be said that the lyrics on "Bare Wire" don't quite match the high caliber of the playing and production; they lean toward overly familiar themes that modern writers should transcend. Adding an expert lyricist to the mix would elevate this material from very good to great. All the other elements that could make Bryce Janey a major blues star are in place. (Jeff Calvin - Blues Revue)


01 - Hold On 04:02

02 - Dangerous Cool 05:13

03 - She's Nowhere 05:34

04 - Drinkin' Dirty Water 05:41

05 - Bare Wire 04:26

06 - Stop The Rain 04:50

07 - Under The Sun 03:51

08 - Sugar Hill 05:00

09 - Strat Blues 05:46

10 - Trick Bag 03:40

11 - Workin' Fool 04:14

Gamble for more Bryce Janey


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