"Your Little School" and "You Left Me These Blues" both have a little New Orleans flavor to them. 'Little School' uses very bright upbeat music and hides the title in the middle. Meanwhile, 'You Left Me…' is an excellent blues-based "song" reminiscent of Dr. John -- fine keyboard work on these!
Another standout is "They Get You." The music features an interesting blend of an old Spencer Davis / Taj Mahal groove as a tonic blues pedal with a long form V to IV cadence. The lyric on this one is on slow boil - just when you think it's going to repeat, it changes just slightly. Pulls you along like a diesel locomotive.
That's the lowdown on half the album, but all ten tracks are very strong, and also very individual and will hold your interest from beginning to end.
John Stevens is Associate Professor of Songwriting, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and the author of “The Songs of John Lennon: the Beatles Years,” available at Amazon.com, Berkleepress.com, and Professor Stevens’ personal website jlsmusic.com.
Son Powers is a reclusive southern blues songwriter and occasional performer. An alumnus of the blues/rock trio Worldwide Hoodoo, Powers’ earlier bands include Crosscut Saw, King Bee, Parker Brothers, and Charles Atkins & The Blues Boys. The new album “Lucky” is available on CDBaby.com, eBay.com, and other music websites.
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Eclipse Recording Company has been North Florida's number 1 recording studio for 10 years. Jim Stafford is the owner and chief conspirator.