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Showing posts with label Sean Pinchin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sean Pinchin. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Sean Pinchin - Bad Things - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Bad Things, from Sean Pinchin and it's a tasty rocker. Opening with If You're Gonna Leave Me, Sean Pinchin charges for open field with a pumped up sound that could rev up a crowd. Rock style slide work and hand claps/tambourine/bass and foot pedal give you all the drive you need. Title track, Bad Things has a real cool swagger and a real nice slide feel. Bottom compliments of Jane Luvite (drums) and Rob Szabo (bass and keys) give it plenty of oomph and backing vocals by Jamie Grey add texture. Digging down into the delta, Skip James' Devil Got My Woman maintains it's mystery with multiple slide guitar textures but gets a light funky workover giving it a cool radio appeal. Stripping back the skin even more, Blind Willie Johnson's Nobody's Fault But Mine really gives Pinchin the opportunity to play old style blues, old style...vocal and guitar. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Steve Strongman's, River, with articulate finger picked rhythms, great vocals and melodic slide work. This is a cool, release with a blend of rock and real blues tracks, sure to give you a good listen.



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Monday, May 1, 2017

Tim Bastmeyer's All Star Blues Band - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Tim Bastmeyer's All Star Blues Band and it's got a cool flavor. Opening with What The Woman Does To Me, Tim Bastmeyer on guitar and vocal sets the pace for his newest release with an easy country blues pace. Joined by Julian Fauth on piano, Paul Reddick on harmonica, Sean Pinchin on slide guitar, James Thomson on bass and Cam De Latt on drums, a nicely woven tapestry of acoustics. Northern Boogie Blues has an unusual time signature giving it a less expected resolution. With You is a modern style blues built over a Lonnie Chatmon style track. A cool wandering electric guitar lead by Bastmeyer is nicely complimented by the slide work of Pinchin and the lush bass work by Thomson. Love Turns To Pain has the most primitive blues sound with Pinchin on slide and Fauth on piano under Bastmeyer's classic vocal style and Reddick's harp. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Funky Ten, a light funky jazz tune with lead acoustic guitar melody. Fauth lays out a real nice piano lead and Pinchin isn't far behind with nicely executed slide soloing of his own. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Rough Night At The Office, a cool, laid back track with perfect pace and Lou Reed like feel. Airey piano soloing and a smooth bass solo give this track just the right feel for a smooth closer to a cool release.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Sean Pinchin - Monkey Brain - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Monkey Brain (3/18/2016) from Sean Pinchin and it's quite good. Opening with title track, Monkey Brain, Pinchin wastes no time in establishing a solid rock sound with a terrific drum/rhythm beat with Mark McIntyre (bass) and Adam Warner (drums) a great slide riff (Pinchin) on the top. Excellent! Modern rocker, Can't Stand It is a driving rocker with a solid hook and Adrian Belew like guitar sounds. Very cool! Slowing the pace with Charity Case, Pinchin's vocals are solid and his guitar work is spontaneous and cool! Rocker, Hard Luck, has a definite commercial feel putting Pinchin out front primarily on vocal when he handles nicely. Living In The Past has a catchy melody and driving rhythm but Pinchin's guitar tones are infectious. He has an interesting vocal range which gives the track even more texture. Very nice! Goin' Hobo has an interesting southern gumbo sound that reverts to chicken pickin and a quick pace and back. An original sound and an interesting, cool track. Monsters is a foot stomper with great resonator slide work that is fat as you like. Holding tight to a country blues style, Monsters is a kick! Wrapping the release is Get Burned, a well written modern rocker with a driving rhythm, commercial styling and really nice guitar work. This is a really cool release and one that would sneak up on you if you judged it by it's cover. Check it out!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sean Pinchin - Rust Bucket - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Rust Bucket, from Sean Pinchin. I am new to Sean's work and find it very well composed and heartfelt. Opening with Broke Down Automobile, Pinchin blends modern pop music with blues and country much like John Mayer or Ben Harper (yes... I know there is a broad space between the two). A fast paced track with slide rhythm and well blended backing vocals by Emma-Lee make this an easy one to hit the airwaves. Boo Hoo is another blues style track but with a lot of pop. This is quite an interesting track musically and again has possibilities to a broad audience. High Heeled Shoes has a solid country blues rhythm guitar part and structure but the vocals are so light and bouncy that the track comes across again with a strong blend toward pop. Very nice work. Wanna Stay In Bed is the bluesiest track on the release with really nicely picked blues guitar and harp by Steve Strongman. Strongman and Pinchin play cool tandem guitars for a really nice bridge. Gotta Move is a blues rocker with more prominent drums by Adam Warner. Again backing vocals from Emma-Lee add to this a very radio worthy track. Particularly nice slide work by Pinchin also adds a nice warmth to this track. Coming Home is a slow bluesy ballad which nicely showcases Pinchins voice and writing skills. Very strong. Dirt Poor is another pop/country track with a light feel. Light brushing slide work and vocal accompaniment blends this track nicely into the release. This is a very cohesive package showing multiple facets of this creative artist but not departing far from a central core of his basic music. Complete Fool is the rockiest track on the release with cool slide work but again not breaking outside of what you might expect from a solid singer/songwriter who also happens to play slide pretty well. Confession Blues is very strong melodically and possibly my favorite composition on the release. The writing is clear and clean with nice symmetry and feeling. The release is completed by Can't Stop Falling In Love, a quiet ballad (think Kenny Rankin) with nice guitar harmonics and punctuation. This release is definitely a spot on target bullseye for listeners who are melodic vocals oriented. The guitar work is well done and very smart. Excellent job!

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Guitarist / Songwriter Sean Pinchin Releases Rust Bucket

Guitarist / Songwriter Sean Pinchin Releases Rust Bucket
November 12, 2013 



 
 
 
 
Watching Toronto-based guitarist Sean Pinchin perform live, it's hard to see the separation between the man and his instrument. Each slide and bent note is delivered with a shocking balance of passion, intimacy and also bewilderment.
Where does Sean begin and his guitar end?
 
His new album Rust Bucket illustrates the evolution of his music from rocker to folk/roots singer to bonafide major player in the blues scene - marking the start of what will surely be a long and exciting career.
 
Juno winning producer Rob Szabo gives Rust Bucket a ton of mileage and revisits Sean’s electric days informed by the influences of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Lang and Chris Whitley. "Sean is an extraordinary talent, a total natural with a dirty feel when he plays that you can't fake. We recorded most of the album live off the floor in 2 sessions with Sean playing slide guitar and singing live with the band. Very few players can pull that off. Sean is the real deal." says Szabo.
 
Firmly planted in the blues, the title of the album captures Sean’s musical and personal journey. He says, “Rust Bucket is a reference to my body, mind and guitar. They are all strong but weathered from years of abuse and accomplishments. Music has saved my life again and again.”
 
The album is supported by a cast of some of Toronto's finest musicians including Adam Warner on drums (Jill Barber, Royal Wood), Mark McIntyre on bass (Danny Michel, Dean Brody), and Toronto singer/songwriter Emma-Lee provides backing vocals.
 
Thematically Sean delivers stories of personal struggle and triumph after living with depression for many years. Realizing that his grief could be put to constructive use he began writing about everything that caused him pain, fear and heartache. The result is a stunning collection of songs ranging from barn burners like “Broke Down Automobile” and “Boo Hoo” to moody, evocative pieces like “Comin’ Home” and “Can't Stop Falling In Love”.
 
The confidence heard in his voice and songs on Rust Bucket are not without a history of hard work – averaging 150 shows per year, Sean has worked tirelessly at promoting himself and gaining fans at a grassroots level. Despite its name, Rust Bucket is a gleaming gem ready for the road and destined to bring Sean Pinchin into the spotlight.
 
   
 
 
Track List:
 
1.    Broke Down Automobile
2.    Boo Hoo
3.    High Heel Shoes
4.    Wanna Stay in Bed  
5.    Gotta Move
6.    Comin’ Home
7.    Dirt Poor Blues
8.    Complete Fool
9.    Confession Blues
10. Can’t Stop Falling In Love
 
 
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