Dave Perkins - Pistol City Holiness

Published Saturday 7th August 2010
Dave Perkins - Pistol City Holiness
Dave Perkins - Pistol City Holiness

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 95582-16984
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Peter Timmis

Perkins is probably best known for his work as producer and guitar-for-hire with acts such as Newsboys, Ashley Cleveland and Randy Stonehill but, as fans of the Nashville-based rocker will know, his 1987 solo album 'The Innocence' was something of a hidden gem. The long-awaited follow up, the fabulously titled, independently released 'Pistol City Holiness' came out last year and is a real treat for those who like their blues loud and lairy a la Stevie Ray Vaughan. Opening number "Break" sets the scene for the album; wailing blues harp, thumping riffs, scorching guitar solos and, of course, Dave's growling yet soulfully expressive voice. There's acoustic blues and tasty slide on "Devil's Game", barroom boogie piano on the humorous "Bottles And Knifes" ("bottles and knives flyin' all around this place, we're gonna leave here darlin' before I lose my pretty face") and a low down delta groove on "Long Eleven Road". The album's only cover is worth a mention too; a storming version of Memphis soulman Don Nix's classic "Going Down" to which Dave and band lend ZZ Top vibes. A refreshingly raw and exciting album, let's hope there's not such a long wait for Mr Perkins' next one.

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