The first solo release from James Solberg demonstrates the consistent glue that held Luther Allison’s magic spell together for so many years. The tight, dynamic combination of James’ band and Luther’s talents spoke to our hearts so well, as they both co-wrote many of the best songs and were very cohesive as a unit. Combining some great originals with some standards, James makes a powerful, personal statement that left this listener jazzed up from all of the snarling guitar work and killer vocals from what has to be one of the best bluesmen working on the scene today! If you hear some Luther sneaking in to the emotional frenzy, it’s only natural. James does way more than sound like Luther, and after the many years they composed and toured together they obviously affected each other deeply, a good thing for all of us!
Solberg has a long history in the blues, as he was in the Nighthawks, Muddy Waters Legendary Blues Band, Elvin Bishop, etc., and you can hear the history in both his playing and singing along with an obvious awareness of everything else that has come along since, so his approach is well-rounded. Basically, it just don’t get any better than this!
The band consists of James on lead guitar and vocals, Big Ed Bacon on bass, “Skin Tite Tom” Swearingen- drums, H-Bomb Vegas on organ and piano. Several others help like Mike Vlahakis on piano, Ken Faltinson- organ, Mike Schlenker- guitar, Charlie Bingham- guitar, Bruce McCabe- piano, Chuck Solberg- piano, and yes, The Memphis Horns, Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love.