segunda-feira, 7 de janeiro de 2019

Mark May And The Agitators - Telephone Road (1997)

                                                                 Mark May
Blues-rock with a distinct Texas edge is Mark May's thing. His playing recalls various Texas legends like Johnny Winter and Albert Collins, while always skirting the rock speed-demon side of the musical equation. This outing finds him surrounded by his regular rhythm section of Dan Cooper on bass, Travis Doyle on organ and Greg Grubbs on drums. May shares guitar soloing duties throughout the album with Alan Haynes ("Don't Give Up"), Billy Wells ("Mercury Blues") and Larry McCray (an impassioned Albert Collins duel on their mentor's "The Lights Are On, But Nobody's Home"), producing fireworks with every trill and bent note. Also noteworthy are several tracks featuring the Memphis Horns, who shine brightly on "Icehouse Special" and the soul ballad "Took Me By Surprise." When May keeps his playing roped in and restrained, the musical results are well worth a second listen.




Credits:

 Mark May - Guitars
Larry McCray - Guitar
Alan Haynes - Guitar
Billy Wells - Guitar
Eric Demmer - Saxophone
Dave Nevlin - Harmonica
Travis Doyle - Hammond B-3 organ
Dan Cooper - Bass
Greg Grubbs - Drums
Debbie Watson, Yvonne Washington, Barbara Pennington - Background vocals

The Memphis Horns: Andrew Love - Saxophone; Wayne Jackson - Trumpet.

Tracklist:

1. Mercury Blues    
2. Don't Give Up    
3. Sweet Spot    
4. Lights Are On But Nobody's Home    
5. Joann    
6. Telephone Road    
7. Icehouse Special    
8. Back In The Joint    
9. Took Me By Surprise    
10. She's A Stranger    
11. I'll Be Around    
12. Helena Hangover