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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Eddie 9V - Left My Soul In Memphis - New Release Review

OK...You may only get one or two a year...this is it! I just had the opportunity to review the new release, Left My Soul In Memphis, from Eddie 9V (9 Volt) and it's terrific! You like blues got it! You like searing blues got it! You like real blues like oxidation on a farm find 40's got it! Eddie 9V may be the best kept blues secret on the planet!

Opening with Look Over Yonder Wall, Eddie 9V has it all (well mostly). He plays every instrument and sings (except keys by Rhett Huffman). Fat lead guitar tone upfront and clean rhythm guitar over the sound of brass, raspy bluesman voice, thumping bass, and drums. Yep. He delivers. I mean just listen. Phrasing like Freddie King, funky like Albert and a unique old school guitar tone … terrific!  On Bottle and the Blues, Eddie's opening riffs are as exciting as you favorite players and then he digs in on vocals with nice chords. Why doesn't everybody do this? The line level from one track to the other is a little off so be careful but New Orleans is powerful with howling vocals and excellent guitar lead and "horn" backing over a potent drum and bass line. Really falling into a FUNKY Albert King like groove on instrumental, Bending With The Kings, Eddie 9V kills it. His phrasing and fine finger work is just terrific. When is this guy coming to town?! Over to a tromping shuffle, 36th & Main, Eddie has a cool charging rhythm line that gets you thinking Ike Turner and with poised vocal style and flame thrower like guitar attack he just lets it fly. Excellent! Lo-Fi Love slides into R&B and Eddie shows his best soulful vocal style with near falsetto highs and crisp rhythm jazzy guitar lead. Excellent changeup. Want a real Freddie King like workout. Check out Don't Test Me. Freddie would do a quick rhythm thing over a blues rocker and Eddie has his own version of least that's what this sounds like to me. It doesn't sound like Freddie King sounds like Eddie 9V inspired by a Freddie King attack, jamming in Freddie King spirit. Very cool! Wrapping the release is 1945 (Cocaine & Rum), a modified Muddy Waters like blues take. I have to say, this  may be as impressed with a 23 year old new act as I have even been.

Excellent release!

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