Fathead – Where’s The Blues Taking Me

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The journey continues for two time Juno Award winners, Fathead, the sturdiest of Canadian bands.
Fathead, individually and collectively, has garnered numerous awards and accolades; notably two Juno Awards – “Blues Recording of the Year” for Blues Weather (1998) and Building Full Of Blues (2008) respectively. And now, buoyed by the return of long time member Teddy Leonard on guitar and the full integration of Bucky Berger on drums and percussion, Fathead offers up a new assortment of material on the soon to be released Where’s The Blues Taking Me.
A more than worthy successor to “Building”, Where’s The Blues Taking Me takes it to a new level with the band’s most fully realized recording to date. With production handled by B-3 master Lance Anderson, the CD boasts a number of different sounds via always eloquent stories weaved into song, (courtesy of the band’s long time song writing team of Al Lerman and Omar Tunnoch), soul bearing vocals, sterling musicianship, and superior production values. The release demonstrates that the Fathead sound is constantly evolving and provides a generous supply of everything within Fathead’s wide musical sphere including straight up Blues, R&B, 50’s framed Rock & Roll, Funk, Gospel, and even some cabaret Soul/Blues. All selections are delivered with the warmth and accessibility listeners have come to identify with the band.
The subject matter brings to light all things common and uncommon in everyday life and generally displays a courage to keep on moving forward despite life’s unpredictability. As evidence look no further than the title song:
“I nearly met my maker once or twice,
But I’m still here, I guess the time wasn’t right
I wake up every day with a smile on my face
Still the clock keeps ticking and I just can’t stop thinking
Where’s the blues taking me”
As an added bonus, Fathead closes the disc by dispatching a rare cover of Jackie Wilson’s “Lonely Teardrops”. The number, that the band has been performing regularly live, features a convincing John Mays vocal, an infectious Rhumba beat accentuated by Bucky Berger’s percussion, and a great “Say You Will” vocal ride out.
“Teardrops” is a soul satisfying conclusion to an offering that effectively adds to the Fathead legacy.

Track Listing:
1. Shame On Ya - 4:00   2. Where's the Blues Taking Me - 4:12   3. Red Maple Road - 4:51   4. Lay It on the Line - 6:36   5. Carry On - 3:40   6. (I Like My Sex) Drip Dry - 4:16   7. Freedom Day - 3:31   8. Easy Going Man - 4:18   9. Harp Sauce - 4:10   10. Trouble in the World No More - 4:39   11. Big City Blues - 3:03   12. Poor Frank - 3:32   13. The Boogieman - 4:48   14. Don't Leave Me Tonight - 5:32   15. Lonely Teardrops - 2:58

John Mays (lead vocals) , Al Lerman (harp, tenor sax, backing vocals, acoustic guitar on 3 , Omar Tunnoch (fretless bass, backing vocals) , Teddy Leonard (electric and acoustic guitars) , Bucky Berger (drums, percussion, backing vocals) , Lance Anderson (Hammond organ, piano, Wurlitzer, accordion, percussion) , Darran Poole (lead guitar on 2)


1. - Cis Van Looy - 2010-09-11
Op de voorganger 'Building Full Of Blues' liet Fathead al een bijzonder goede indruk na.
Ondertussen is de uit Canada afkomstige rootsband grondig hertimmert. Hayden Vialva gaf de drumsticks door aan Bucky Berger en gitarist Darran Poole is nog uitsluitend te horen op de titelsong. Op de overige nummers treedt de inmiddels teruggekeerde oorspronkelijke gitarist Teddy Leonard opnieuw aan. De globale sound verschilt niet wezenlijk. Het meerstemmige zangwerk van het creatieve kerntrio John Mays, harmonicaspeler Al Lerman en Omar Tunnoch verlenen het bluesgetinte repertoire een eigen karakter en Lerman verruilt zijn Mississippi horn voor een heuse tenorsax. Dat levert een fraai slepend blueswerk op met ?Lay it On The Line? met bijna zeven minuten het langst uitgesponnen nummer van de cd waarbij Lance Anderson een handje toesteekt met zijn ronkende Hammond. Dat orgeltje vervult naast de sax een niet te onderschatten rol in het funky ?I Like My Sex Drip Dry? dat op inventieve baslijnen van Tunnoch huppelt. Het instrumentale ?Harp Sauce? is eveneens in een onweerstaanbaar funksausje gedipt. ?Freedom Day? is een onvervalste worksong die naar de katoenplantages van Mississippi refereert. Een ontspannen, met gospelzang ingeleide ?Trouble In The World No More? verraadt enig sociaal engagement. Na de skaritmiek van ?Big City Blues? en het swingende ?The Boogieman? zorgt ?Don?t Leave Me Tonight?, dat weliswaar op het randje van easylistening balanceert, voor aangename verpozing op dit zesde studio werkstuk van Fathead dat met bonustrack ?Lonely Teardrops? van Jackie Wilson mooi afsluit.

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