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Showing posts with label The Charlie Keating Band. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Charlie Keating Band. Show all posts

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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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Shotgun - The Charlie Keating Band


The Charlie Keating Band is a New England blues-inspired trio. (And on occasion a quartet when keyboardist JeffKeys joins the band onstage) Charlie's unique guitar style channels such slide greats as Elmore James and Duane Allman. Uniformly, listeners are amazed at the big sound of the band. Many have compared Charlie's style to that of the early Stevie Ray Vaughan because of Charlie's ability to combine lead and rhythm guitar. Charlie is also a gifted and prolific song-writer.
Charlie Keating grew up listening to Hank Williams, so that's probably where he got his influence on slide. There was a lot of James Brown around the house as well, so you know he heard the funky stuff.
Charlie started playing guitar in the 1969. A short stint at Berklee served him well. In the the early 70's, he played with the R&B band "Sandra and the Melodies", as well as several other local bands throughout Boston.
After a few years of mostly writing and recording his own material, Charlie went back to the live scene playing with the "Black Cat Road Band", "Big Whiskey", "Blue Charlie and the Union Cats", and the "Tedd Walker Band"; and could always be seen at South Shore Blues jams playing slide.
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