Bernard Allison Triple Fret
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- Released: September 19, 2006
- Label: Jsp Records
Living Blues - pp.53-54"The band locks into some deep, wall-to-wall grooves on tracks like 'Bottle Of Whiskey', 'Ain't Nothing But The Truth' and the comic 'Get Drunk' and 'Pop The Trunk'..."
- 1.Bottle of Whiskey
- 3.Get Drunk and Pop the Trunk
- 4.Don't Tie Me Down
- 5.I'm Praying For You
- 6.Where's Lucky
- 7.Good to Me
- 8.Ain't Nothing But the Truth
- 9.Take It Slow
Personnel: Bernard Allison (vocals, guitar); Larry McCray (vocals, guitar); Carl Weathersby (vocals, guitar); John Colby (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet); Lucky Peterson (organ); Johnny B. Gayden (bass guitar); Steve McCray (drums).
As the title and cover art suggests, Triple Fret is a player's album. Although Bernard Allison gets star billing (and does all the vocals), this is a trio record, with fellow electric blues guitarists Larry McCray and Carl Weathersby contributing as much guitar firepower as Allison. Even better, second-generation Hammond organ legend Lucky Peterson guests, adding some welcome musical variety to the otherwise fret-heavy selection and getting his own showcase, the smoking seven-minute instrumental workout "Where's Lucky?" That leaves the songwriting as the only weak spot, but unfortunately, it's pretty seriously weak. Most of the songs on Triple Fret are hackneyed Chicago blues riffs with self-referential lyrics about how hard it is to be a bluesman. Tune out the lyrics and the undistinguished chord changes and the sheer enjoyment of the trio's playing comes through. For some, however, that might not be quite enough. ~ Stewart Mason
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