More of the Bombastic Meatbats featuring Chad Smith at the Iridium in NY on 4/22/11. This is the appropriately titled "Mountain of Meat." With Chad Smith on drums, Jeff Kollman on guitar, Ed Roth on keys, and Kevin Chown on bass.
Blues Deluxe is the self-released instrumental debut from UK-based guitarist Ed Dampier. The tight 7-song set has Dampier combining the styles and tones of such classic players as Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix with a heavy dose of twang, and Eric Johnson-like modernism. Though Dampier is a solid player with a ‘classic rock’ leaning feel, the songs themselves are what make this a fun record.
On the in-your-face opener “Overture,” Dampier uncorks a barrage of rapid fire open string pull-off licks that never lets up. It sends the dead-on message that this is going to be a ‘Strat rock’ album with bluesy shades and catchy riffs. “Sidewinder Blues” - one of the album’s best tracks - has a more laid back, almost country-rock feel that’s propelled by Dampier’s snappy clean tones and Andre Antonio’s Hammond organ. The melodies in this song are great too - very memorable and anthemic. Dampier peels off some nice leads here as well with a smooth overdriven tone.
After the Eric Johnson-esque solo electric interlude “Snowfall In Spring,” things get funky on the uptempo “Two Worlds Collide” - a cool track, though it may have benefited from some supportive keyboard work, ala “Sidewinder Blues,” to add some background beef. On “More Love More Power,” Dampier presents a dramatic ballad full of great chordal work and dynamic leads. Portions of this tune reminded me of “Villanova Junction" from Hendrix’s Woodstock performance.
The album’s magnum opus, however, is “Archipelago.” This is an epic tune of Zeppelin proportions that begins subtly by introducing the main riff via solo acoustic guitar, before layering on more themes, guitar tones and instrumentation as the song moves forward. It’s easily the album’s finest showcase of Dampier’s overall talents.
In stark contrast to heaviness of “Archipelago,” the album closes with the fingerstyle acoustic piece “Cascades” - a ringing ballad that shows Dampier’s softer side while maintaining a Pierre Bensusan-like jauntiness throughout.
If you’re a fan of twangy blues rock and bright, clear strat tones, Blues Deluxe is an album you can leave on and enjoy from beginning to end. With this disc, Dampier demonstrates a knack for writing catchy tunes with a focus on melody and strong riffs as opposed to endless solos. This is definitely an artist to keep an eye on.
Spotted this on Mark McGuigan's site: Guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann are recording a new album under the name The Aristocrats. As you may recall, this killer trio played a few gigs duringNAMMweek this past January. Ed Yoon posted some great pics and details on Govan's messageboard from the trio's recording sessions at Planet10 Studios in Chicago last week. The band will also be playing the following west coast dates this June (more dates are pending). This is definitely a band to keep an eye on.
The Aristocrats - West Coast Tour Dates
June 18 Sat 8PM - Wild West Guitars' Voodoo Lounge - Riverside, CA June 19 Sun 6PM - Alva's Showroom - San Pedro, CA June 21 Tue 9PM (two sets) - The Baked Potato June 22 Wed 9PM (two sets) - The Baked Potato June 24 Fri 8PM (two sets) - Biscuits & Blues - San Francisco, CA
Here's the Bombastic Meatbats featuring Chad Smith playing "Oh! I Spilled My Beer" at the Iridium in NY on 4/22/11. With Chad Smith on drums, Jeff Kollman on guitar, Ed Roth on keys, and Kevin Chown on bass.
Great news! Jam/Fusion supergroup OHMphrey will head back into the studio this June to record a follow-up to their killer 2009 self-titled debut. The new album will be released later this year on Magna Carta Records. The band will also be performing at the Baked Potato in North Hollywood on June 10th. OHMphrey features Chris Poland (guitar) and Robertino "Pag" Pagliari (bass) from OHM, and Jake Cinninger (guitar), Joel Cummins (keys), and Kris Myers (drums) from Umphrey's McGee.