It doesn't take much of this album to figure out that Solomon King has a pretty firm grasp of the blues. "Bad to Me" has a real old-time feel to it. This song has a guitar riff similar to the blues classic "One Way Out." Overall, it feels closer to The Allman Brothers than Sonny Boy Williamson and even has an Allman-style groove throughout the song. And that's not the only song that sounds like old-time blues. The guitar in "Great Wall" sounds a lot like an Elmore James riff.
With songs like "Coffee Blues" by Mississippi John Hurt, the blues has a long tradition of songs about coffee. Solomon King carries on that tradition with "Coffee Song." In this song, King sings about his baby making a pot of coffee. Then - to quote an episode of Seinfeld - "Yadda yadda yadda" the coffee goes cold. I think you'll agree when you hear the song that there's no better reason to let coffee go cold.
From the slow burn of "SLO Blues" to the roots rock of "Country Song," King shows he knows how to produce a groove with the guitar. This is a soulful blues album that will fit in real well with the classic blues in your collection.
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