Tim Crahart Blues Band - Blues Like A Prayer

Published Tuesday 4th November 2014
Tim Crahart Blues Band - Blues Like A Prayer
Tim Crahart Blues Band - Blues Like A Prayer

STYLE: Blues
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 153975-22589
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

With a growing reputation the Welsh blues trio deliver their third album, building upon the format of previous releases by mixing re-imagined gospel blues classics with a handful of Crahart originals to powerfully reflect the band members' Christian faith. For instance, proceedings kick off with the paraphrased Joseph Bible story in the wah wah festooned "God Meant It For Good" - with the chameleon-like Crahart in full Hendrix mode - whilst the likes of "Squeaky Clean" and the solo Crahart number "That Day Is Gonna Come" tackles matters of sin and reliance on God with the trademark directness of gospel blues artists of old. Crahart and crew are quick to pay tribute to their heroes with a Gary Moore lick turning up here and a nod to BB King and T Bone Walker there but the band are perhaps at their most inventive when melding two worlds together, for instance their inspired mash up of the Reverend Gary Davis song "Great Change" or the Memphis Slim/John Mayall instrumental "Steppin' Out". Elsewhere, Blind Willie Johnson's "Soul Of A Man" borrows from Cream's version of "Crossroads" whilst an impassioned take on "Motherless Children" has all the hallmarks of a Peter Green classic before the poignant title track - complete with gospel choir - closes another hugely enjoyable release from the inventive blues outfit.

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Posted by Andy Long in Newport @ 22:44 on Nov 4 2014

cheers Lins ��. Thanks to you and all at Cross Rhythms for the support.

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