Larry Howard - Bright Side Of The Blues

Thursday 1st December 1994
Larry Howard - Bright Side Of The Blues
Larry Howard - Bright Side Of The Blues

STYLE: Blues
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Forefront FFD3013
RRP: £6.12

Reviewed by James Tweed

It's appropriate that with the recent blues renaissance as practised by its white Southern exponents The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynrd and Blues Traveller it should finally be the turn of fellow Southerner and former Grinderswitch guitarist Larry Howard (remember the old John Peel theme tune "Pickin' The Blues"?) to make the blues album he has been promising to for years. Taking his cue from the 'blues-lite' style that has proved so successful for Gary Moore and Steve Miller in recent years, Howard has produced an infectious album that unashamedly and seamlessly blends the gospel and the blues in a way that is neither patronising nor pietistic. Standout tracks include a retelling of Jesus' parable of the wedding feast, "Dancin' At The Wedding Ball", and Rez frontman and co-producer Glenn Kaiser's "I Found Out". The album's success is due in part to Howard being surrounded by seasoned blues musicians, especially Hammond organist Chris 'Hambone' Cameron and a steaming five-man horn section assembled by veteran Chicago arranger Tom Tom Washington (Earth, Wind And Fire, Phil Collins, the Chi-Lites). But the musical icing on this particular cake has to be the rather tasty finger-picking fretwork and the lived-in gravelly vocals of Larry Howard himself. 'Bright Side Of The Blues' is exactly what it says - an excellent and upbeat album that deserves to be in any blues devotee's record collection. A radio-friendly recording, it deserves much radio exposure. So how about it, Paul Jones?

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Reader Comments

Posted by Willie van der Watt in Port Elizabeth South Africa @ 13:51 on Jul 2 2010

Couple of us from the worship group have formed a blues group and doing some numbers of the Bright side of the blues and now busy with "Sanctified Life" but are stumped with the chords. Anyway somebody can maybe help because its a fantastic CD. Thank you

Posted by Joanne in Qld Australia @ 05:27 on Mar 13 2010

I have been looking everywhere to find Larry's cd's where can I buy them from in Australia

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