Friday, May 2, 2014

CD Review: "Soul Changes" By Dave Keller

Dave Keller

Dave Keller is one of the finest young soul and blues players of his generation.  He  is releasing his new CD, "Soul Changes" on April 29, 2014.  As soon as I played the first song on this CD, "Searchin' For A Sign" written by Dave, I knew I would love this CD.  It has a comfortable feel and connection with traditional Blues of the past, and, yet, still sounds fresh and new.  Dave Keller is a remarkably talented singer/guitarist and songwriter.  Dave wrote the first 6 cuts on this CD.  The CD's producer, Bob Perry, arranged to have the first 6 tunes written by Dave recorded at Willie Mitchell's Royal Recording Studio in Memphis.  This is the studio where Al Green recorded all his major hits.  There is something about recording in a studio that has produced legendary recording stars.  It has a tendency to connect the past with the present.  Perry also arranged to include on this CD two of Green's original recording backup group, Leroy Teenie and Charles Hodges who are known as the  "Hi Rhythm Section" and Stax stars Lester Snell on Keys and Bobby Manuel on Guitar.  

On this CD, Keller gets to put all his remarkable talents on full display.  His guitar playing is as good as any blues guy I have heard and his songwriting is without question soulful.  While the first 6 songs on this CD were recorded at the Royal Recording Studio in Memphis, the additional 5 cuts were recorded in Brooklyn backed by the "The Revelations".  The remaining cuts were chosen from Blues treasures from the glory days of Soul including gems by "The O'Jays, Bobby Womack, Candi Sation, Otis Clay and the Patterson Twins.

All and all this CD will thrill any Blues fan looking for traditional Blues sung by a singer with a soul voice and backed by some of the most experienced Blues playing today!

                                                      Playlist
         MEMPHIS SESSIONS

1. "Searchin' For A Sign"                                        2. "17 Years"

3. "Old Man's Lullabye"                                         4. "I Wish We'd Kissed"

5. "Lonely And I"                                                     6. "One More Time"

         BROOKLYN SESSIONS

7. "It's Too Strong"                                                  8. "Back In Love Again"

9. "Don't Look Back"                                              10. "Heart On A String"

11. "Is It Over?"


   


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