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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bluesman Solomon King Releases "Train"


"Solomon King's new release "Train" is the sign of an artist on his way up. This is his best music so far--with great singing, strong songwriting, and a selfless maturity--and yet I sense even bigger things ahead. reminds me of early Dire Straits or The Band circa "Music From Big Pink," great music following an artistic vision all in service of each individual song." 
   Solomon King releases his third album, Train. The 9-song disc "walks the line between love and lust, while celebrating getting on with one's life," says King, who performs lead vocals and most guitar parts on the record (noted L.A. sessionman Johann Frank also performs on the record). Train is a follow-up to 2011's well-received disc, Medicine. King's 2009 album "Under The Sun" was Grammy-nominated in the "Best Contemporary Blues Album" category and yielded two songs,  "Jack Me Up" and "Frankie And Johnnie," featured in the first season of hit HBO TV series, "True Blood."
  The album leads off with "Baby Does Me Good," a rollicking blues-soul romp with King's guitar lead reminiscent of George Thorogood's 'Who Do You love." King turns up the guitar heat in "Bad To Me," while "Coffee Song" is a catchy little dittie that will leave you wanting more of it as much as we crave that second morning cup of java. "Slo Blues," highlighted by some tasty King guitar work, lives up to its name and will have couples slow-dancing all over America; "Great Wall" relives the tried-and-true blues shuffle a la 'King-style'; "Country Song" adds some serious twang to the proceedings; "My Baby's Love," with its soulful background singers, and slow rock refrain, will make the listener swear they're listening to the second coming of the late Lou Reed.
   "Train," the title track, with its memorable choppy guitar intro, finds King singing, once more in a vocal style eerily reminiscent of Reed:
            Some people say, what don't kill, make you stronger,
              Well I'm going to hold onto you, that much longer...

    Closing out the album is the tender "Blue Angel," showing a softer side to King that many artists hesitate to display.
"After listening to Train I must once again put his music into a category for which the term brilliant is first and foremost...packed with truly great tunes from beginning to end. A really great album from one of the better singers, songwriters, and guitarists performing nowadays. Highly recommended and thoroughly enjoyed."
                         John Vermilyea/BLUES UNDERGROUND


            Train Promotional Copies Available On Request. 

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