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Friday, May 3, 2013

Ruf Records artist: Bart Walker - Waiting On Daylight - New release review

I just received the new release, Waiting On Daylight from Bart Walker and it's really strong! Walker, a new artist with Ruf has put together a package of great material that really nicely displays his skills and a performer. Opening with It's All Good, Walker wastes no time getting on the slide. This track reminds me a lot in rhythm to Stealin' Watermelons, a great Elvin Bishop track with a bit of funk and a bit of country in the rock. Walker is a modern slide player with southern influences sounding a lot more like Derek Trucks than Elmore James but really playing with his own guitar voice. Cool track. Black Clouds opens with a swampy bass riff by Dave Smith and then followed by grinding guitar riffs along the lines of Mule.Steve Potts has a good had with the drums and this blues rocker sets a firm footing. Walker is certainly no stranger to the guitar ripping gret guitar riffs throughout the track and his voice is well suited for the band. Took It Like A Man is a rock track with a funky back beat.. Walker has great fat tone on this track with super grind. On Girl You Bad, Walker is using what sounds like a loaded P90 with tone that blasts the paint off of the wall. This is great stuff. Waitin On Daylight is a honest ballad with twin guitar leads. This could easily be that track with the hook that gets all the radio play. Happy is an aggressive blues rocker with grinding guitar rhythm guitar and breaking into a full blown "Call Me The Breeze" crap kicker. Hipshake It is a modern take on JB Hutto's track but done really as an uptempo rocker with voracious slide. This is a another great track. 99% is a solid blues rock track giving Walker a productive space in which to really unleash the dog. he is relentless on his guitar and I'm certain blues rock fans everywhere are gonna really dig this. The release completes with an obtuse but very nice version of the Allman's Whippin Post. This is more quiet track done in a more bluesy melancholy manner. I like this version of it better than than most covers that I've hear (Frank Zappa's was pretty cool). It shows real thought and feeling. Walker doesn't allow the opportunity to rip a hole in it get away from him and his guitar is likely bleeding after this track. Very nice job!

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