Title - 'Vegas Blue'
Artist - Brian Tarquin Project
Las Vegas, Nevada, Mandalay Bay Hotel, October 1st, 2017. This was the site of a tragic and, all too familiar, occurrence involving a deadly mass shooting at the hands of a deranged gunman.
What began that evening as a peaceful and celebratory country music concert ended in bullet-riddled chaos and carnage for countless patrons and innocent by-standers.
This latest recording project, Vegas Blue (released March 27th, 2020 via BHP Music-Guitar Trax Records, LLC) from multi-Emmy winning guitarist/producer/engineer Brian Tarquin and company is dedicated to helping the families and survivors of this horrific mass shooting.
And, in doing so, may also shine the spotlight on the need for sensible, responsible and humane gun laws and safety.
For if music is, indeed, a supreme healer then one needs look no further than this visionary endeavor.
1. 'Distant Light'
2. 'Lights of Las Vegas'
4. 'Tomorrow's Another Day'
5. 'Vegas Blue'
6. 'Evil In Men's Hearts'
8. 'Know Me'
9. 'Hallowed Ground'
10. 'Run for Cover'
11. 'Distant Heart (Vocal Reprise)'
The free flowing excellence of 'Distant Light' opens the album and showcases the guitar trio of Tarquin, Hal Lindes and Steve Morse seamlessly.
That's backed by the almost-jazz rocker 'Lights of Las Vegas' (which comes complete with vocals from Phil Naro), the primal reach of 'Demonic,' and then comes the uplifting, healing guitar chants of the Toto-esque 'Tomorrow's Another Day.'
The laid back, Gary Moore-esque beauty of the title track 'Vegas Blue' makes the track my own personal favorite here and that's followed by both the taut jazz-grooved R&B tension brought forth by Tarquin and Tony Carey on guitar, Don Black on sax for 'Evil In Men's Hearts,' and then the temperature is brought down for Naro's 'Forgiveness.'
Its companion piece is the upbeat 'Know Me' with the heavier 'Hallowed Ground' (featuring Trey Gunn's resounding bass lines) backing it up. The album then comes to a close on the guitar-infused supreme urgency (that we can only assume the crowd had coursing through them on that fateful night) of 'Run for Cover,' and then concludes with a vocal reprise of 'Distant Light.
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