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My review of Van Wilks posts to Elmore magazine

29 Jan

Van Wilks’ 21sElmore Magazine | Van Wilkst Century Blues album proves that the bluesy rocking’ guitarist still delivers an inescapable rush of adrenaline, like a fast-moving train, across several major musical landscapes.

The non-traditional Texas musician, who began his career during the British invasion of the 1960s, has since toured with numerous trendsetting and runaway hit bands, from Aerosmith to ZZ Top.

Chet Himes produced Wilks’ sixth solo album and first in 10 years at two Austin-area studios, Relentless Ranch and Chicken Run, with the help of Kickstarter funding.

Lone Star-sized special guests, Grammy award-winning Christopher Cross and locally celebrated dynamic vocalist Malford Milligan, both contribute on “She Makes Me Crazy.”

Wilks also revives “Drive By Lover,” the song he co-wrote with Billy F. Gibbons for ZZ Top’s La Futura in 2012.

“There’s a Sin in There Somewhere,” pays homage to a 1978 scratchy vinyl recording of Huddie “Lead Belly” Leadbetter with Wilks performing on a 1929 National Duolian Dobro amplified through Marshall Stacks.

The closing, “Midnight Crossing,” with haunting vocals whispered by Maria Estella Raffone, completes the album’s driving locomotive theme. Wilks, named best blues-rock band four years in a row by The Austin Chronicle’s music polls, as yet shows no signs of slowing down.

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Doobie Brothers shine on Austin in my Elmore review

18 May

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Bewitched Baby Boomer fans danced and sang along with the hit songs of the Doobie Brothers, former Eagles’ lead guitarist Don Felder and up-and-coming 19-year-old Illinois native Matthew Curry at Austin City Limit’s Moody Theater.

For “Those Shoes,” Felder used a 1970s style talk box and then dedicated “Witchy Woman” to his female audience. His band cast a spell with “Seven Bridges Road,” including: bassist Wade Biery, drummer Randy Cook, keyboardist Timothy Drury, and additional guitarist Greg Suran.

True to their hippie rock genre since 1969, the Doobie Brothers founding front men guitarists and singers Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons opened with their hit, “Jesus is Just Alright.”

Simmons sang his 1975 number one hit, “Black Water,” before fans broke into hysteria with “Long Train Running.” The band included multi-instrumentalist John McFee on guitar, pedal steel, fiddle, harmonica and vocals; Guy Allison on keyboards and vocals; John Cowan on bass and vocals; Marc Russo on saxophones, and both Tony Pia and Ed Toth on drums.

An encore of “China Grove,” led to a guitar orgy with solos by Simmons, Johnston, McFee, Curry and surprise guest Ray Benson, frontman for Asleep at the Wheel. Their instrumental blues rock medley ended Monday night’s fandango beneath a Texas half moon that seemingly shined nostalgia.

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