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Friday, July 6, 2012

Slide On Over - Charlie Keating Band - New Recording Release

Just got a copy of Slide On Over, the new release from The Charlie Keating Band and it's quite a sliding ride. The band is rounded out by Lenny Turnquist on bass,  and Tim Sweeny on drums. This is a great track and a a great opener. The recording opens with Elmo's Boogie and Keating wastes absolutely no time showing his chops. An instrumental built around the slide guitar which sounds to be tuned in an open tuning ... probably E. Next up is Boogie Woogie which is another barn burner and definitely has a Hawaiian tonal sound in the chords. You Don't Have To Cry is is a traditional 12 bar slow blues but along with the standard changes Keating uses double stops constantly and it is really a cool sound. Roy Buchanan got a lot of his special riffs from playing steel and although Keating sounds absolutely nothing like Buchanan he has a lot of steel components to his blues playing. Shake Your Money Maker is up next and it again had a lot of use of dual tone playing. The track really moves and you will move. This band is particularly tight. Every Day I Have The Blues takes a Latin beat and it sounds extremely fresh. Keating has his own style of playing and I really like it. Who Do You Love takes another turn altogether with ...funk! Yes...funk! Goodbye Baby grabs right at Elmore James playing and the full open tuning slide. I rarely hear anyone playing full tone slide like this...maybe not since Rod Price. This cd is a lot of fun for people who enjoy slide playing as much as I do and slide blues to boot. Please Come Home is a boogie along the lines of Boogie Chillen' with the monotonic track with vocal and guitar to add all of the highlights. Very cool. Come Back stays in that Texas boogie groove throughout the track setting you up for whats next to come... a real nice slow blues called Dog Biscuit, a full helping of open sliding guitar blues. Do you get the idea that maybe Charlie plays slide... and maybe I like it? He does and I do! Eric's boogie takes the tempo back up to Hound Dog Taylor tempo and kicks the doors off. This cd is going straight from my computer to my car! Last up is the title track, Slide On Over, which takes an acoustic look at the slide. On this track the guitar and vocal are equally balanced and a cool little acoustic blues.
This recording is over the top if you like slide guitar... and you can quote me on that!

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1 comment:

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