Title - 'Stories To Live Up To'
Artist - Harvey Dalton Arnold
For those not in the know, Harvey Dalton Arnold is a singer, guitarist and North Carolina-native who has a passion for the blues.
He sold millions of albums as a member of southern-rock band The Outlaws from 1976-80 and has, amongst oh-so many others around the world, played at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall.
Harvey performs a left-handed finger-picking style coupled with slide playing on electric and acoustic guitars and over the years has received much acclaim for founding and performing with The Harvey Dalton Arnold Blues Band.
Arnolds’s first solo release was the 2013 blues album Outlaw, but here on his sophomore effort, Stories To Live Up To (out now via Music Maker Recordings), the talented musician brings forth a collection of songs and stories that showcase his writing and influences to perfection.
1. 'Stay Here with Me'
2. 'Early Bird'
3. 'What's On Your Mind'
4. 'Poor Boy'
5. 'When The Sun Goes Down'
6. 'Lone Outlaw'
7. 'Gotta See Ya'
8. 'Put Me BaCK'
9. 'Catfish Blues'
The original southern rocker opens his new set (of which six out of the nine vocals were done live) with the upbeat R&B slide of 'Stay Here with Me,' and then backs that up with the guitar-led rocker 'Early Bird,' the down south, slow poke, open G slide guitar work of 'What’s on Your Mind,' and then comes the mid-tempo storytelling ballad 'Poor Boy.'
The dirty blues of 'When the Sun Goes Down' is a pure, unadulterated joy to behold and that's followed by a chance for Arnold's vocal expertise to come to the fore on the rural ode to founding Outlaws member Hughie Thomasson, 'Lone Outlaw.'
The album - which features both bass player Zev Katz, and drummer Charlie Drayton – then rounds out with the old school rockin' of 'Gotta See Ya,' the Johnny Winter-influenced, rock guitar bounce of 'Put Me Back,' before coming to a close on the free flowing rawness of 'Catfish Blues.'
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