George Lilly And The Half-Fast Allstarz – Thinkin’ About You Baby

– Snaky Gator Music

The mood is blues mixed with New Orleans. Of full brass and stinging guitar. Of songs you have heard before but want to hear again. From “All You Loving”, heavy on the brass, or “Catfish Blues” with its stomping drums and syncopated Hammond organ, or the jazz chording of “Parchman Farm”.

The album closer, a live rendition of “Walking the Dog” shows how good this six-piece is out of the recording studio, with strong soloing and singing from George Lilly. Although he has been singing and professionally for more than 50 years, there is the energy and musical ideas of a man who still has plenty of energy left.

The original songs, such as “Thinkin’ About You Baby” and “Just Because” sit well with the covers on the album. There is plenty on here to interest Blues fans, from choice of material, to the guitar and keyboard soloing, whilst the thumping beats and the brass section add a New Orleans style and swagger to proceedings on this album which is always likable, with all tracks carrying a certain easy charm.

  • Ben Mcnair – Blues Matters
2018-12-27T18:18:17+00:00

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