Title - 'My Blues Pathway'
Artist - Kirk Fletcher
For those unaware, a real deal bluesman, guitarist and vocalist Kirk Fletcher, digs deep into his soul for this passionate and compelling new sixth album, My Blues Pathway (September 25th, 2020 via Cleopatra Blues).
Highlights include the lead single 'No Place To Go,' which was released along with a video in late July, plus a special guest performance by legendary harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite on the knock-out closer 'Life Gave Me A Dirty Deal'.
Furthermore, Fletcher (former guitarist with the Fabulous Thunderbirds) has earned his stripes playing with Joe Bonamossa's band for many years now and has also been nominated for four Blues Music Awards.
1. 'Ain’t No Cure For The Downhearted'
2. 'No Place To Go'
3. 'Love Is More Than A Word'
4. 'Struggle For Grace'
5. 'I'd Rather Fight Than Switch'
6. 'Heart So Heavy'
7. 'Fattening Frogs For Snakes'
8. 'Place In This World'
9. 'D Is For Denny'
10. 'Life Gave Me A Dirty Deal'
This quite passionate, heart-enthralling new album of ten tracks (that was recorded this album over the Christmas holidays 2019 in six days over a two-week period), and that resolutely takes you on personal musical tour of Fletcher's very own blues history, opens on 'Ain’t No Cure For The Downhearted,' showcasing a guitar style akin to a late-'80s Eric Clapton.
That's backed by the vibrantly soulful, horn-infused 'No Place To Go' (co-written with Robert Cray’s bassist, Richard Cousins, and features a magnificently soulful bass line from Travis Carlton), the slow roll of 'Love Is More Than A Word' (another Cousins co-write), and then the funky, semi-autobiographical 'Struggle For Grace.'
Next up is Fletcher's AC Reed (sax player with Albert Collins and Earl Hooker) cover of 'I'd Rather Fight Than Switch,' an all-in, euphoric band jam that reaches for the skies whilst remaining soulfully grounded, the contemplative, minor-key, slow blues of 'Heart So Heavy,' and then another cover, this time a raw, and enthusiastic rendition of Sonny Boy Williamson’s 'Fattening Frogs For Snakes.'
The album then rounds out with the old school-enbibed blues 'Place In This World,' expertly layered with Jeff Babko’s flawless keyboard work, that's followed by a dutifully thoughtful blues instrumental, and a tribute to an early inspiration of his, blues guitarist Denny Freeman, 'D Is For Denny,' with the album closing on the acoustic Delta blues cut, 'Life Gave Me A Dirty Deal' (featuring Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica and written by Juke Boy Bonner).
“The album was a joy to make,” says Fletcher, “especially making music with some of my longtime friends. I’ve known drummer David Kida for over 25 years. We have been in the trenches together on the L.A. Blues music scene."
"It was very important for me to include some covers on this album. I wanted to shine a spotlight on some of my favourite blues artists including Sonny Boy Williamson, Chris Cain, AC Reed and Juke Boy Bonner.”
Kirk Fletcher: Guitar & Vocals
Travis Carlton: Bass
Lemar Carter: Drums (tracks 1,2 & 3)
Joe Sublett: Saxophone
Mark Pender: Trumpet
Luckily for us all, My Blues Pathway is available on both digipak CD as well as limited edition PURPLE vinyl!
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