I've been a fan of Snave and the Grass for several years now, and David "Snave" Evans has been part of the Atlanta blues scene for a lot of years. This live CD, recorded recently at Ashley Station in Valdosta, captures every single great thing about the band's music.
Snave's vocals are full of the emotions you expect from blues: Cockiness (especially on "I'll Make Love to You Any Old Time,") passion, vulnerability, sometimes humor/ It's all here and it's all absolutely real. From the first notes of "Tightrope," you believe it when you hear it. Even those songs that don't quite impress you as much the first time may be favorites on a second listen. That is what happened to me with "My Head is My Only House (Unless It Rains)" which sort of slid over me the first time but just blew me away the next time.
This whole CD certainly benefits from the fantastic piano playing of Chad Mason and the drumming of Eskil Wetterqvist, who play in Mudcat's band as well. Wetterqvist has a particularly great drum solo on "Little Birdie.' Greg Vickers, who Snave says "just showed up and ROCKED THE JOINT" on saxophone also added tremendously to the experience, again most obviously on "Little Birdie." This perennial favorite from the band becomes one amazing jam here, highlighting every musician's tremendous skill.
Through it all, core band member Grog Hill's bass provides structure and backbone to the whole project. he also sings backup vocals and his presence is what insures that everyone knows this is Snave and The Grass.
Proving that the band can rock as well as play the blues, listen to the excellent version of 'Locomotive Breath" here. It does Jethro Tull proud and lets Snave show off his skills on flute.
Other favorites on the CD are "Send You Back to Georgia," a blistering "Who Do You Love?" and Snave's original tune "Postman,' which I was sure was a vintage blues number the first time I heard it until he told me he wrote it. Couple that with the amazing ending version of "Knocking on Heaven's Door,' with fantastic harmonica, organ, and sax, and yes, I do realize I've chosen every song as a favorite. That's how good this CD is.
Right now, the best way to get the CD is at Band Camp , at a show, or by contacting David "Snave" Evans on Paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Either way will work as long as you get it! You'll be glad you did!