Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tommy Castro - Exception To The Rule

Year of release: 1996
Genre: Blues/Soul/R & B
Country: U.S.A.

01. Had Enough
02. Exception To The Rule
03. Nasty Habits
04. This Soul Is Mine
05. Sho' Enough
06. Me And My Guitar (Leon Russell cover)
07. Hard Luck Case
08. How Long Must I Cry
09. Leave This Town
10. Can't Quit The Blues (Buddy Guy cover)

In a few words:
“Exception To The Rule” is the second solo album of this great bluesman and - paraphrasing its title - without any (song) exception is truly enjoyable. Ten tracks that will cheer you up and make you wanna dance. Good rocking blues riffs, lot of inspired solos and nice saxophone melodies are some of the characteristics of this album. Although this is a blues album, there are many soul and R & B influences throughout the songs that make it much more interesting. Apart from guitar technique, Tommy has also a very good, soulful voice, which fits perfect to the music. The band behind him is a top notch, especially the saxophonist Keith Crossan very often shares lead duties with Tommy's guitar, maximizing the "fun vibe" of the album. If you like the blues, check this out. 

Personal highlights: 
One by one, all tracks are excellent!


Elliot Knapp said...

Hey! Thanks for your nice comments on my blog...cool to see you writing about Tommy Castro--the engineer who's recording my new album did some work with him a little while back! I added your blog to my blogroll...

Strange Taste In Music said...

Thank you very much Elliot. It is nice to learn that you are working on a second album. When you are planning to release it?

By the way, I also added your blog to my list of friendly blogs. Probably I will get some ideas from your blog.

I wish you all the best for 2012!