Bring on the Blues

Bring on the Blues

by Corey Stevens
     
 
Guitarist, composer, and singer Corey Stevens has formal training in classical guitar, but on the opening track of his fourth album he really sounds as if he majored in Stevie Ray Vaughan -- everything is there, from the distinctively adenoidal singing style to the heavyweight Texas-style blues licks. By the second track he's

Overview

Guitarist, composer, and singer Corey Stevens has formal training in classical guitar, but on the opening track of his fourth album he really sounds as if he majored in Stevie Ray Vaughan -- everything is there, from the distinctively adenoidal singing style to the heavyweight Texas-style blues licks. By the second track he's cutting his own path, though, with a highly satisfying slab of roots rock entitled "Hang On" (and, interestingly, a completely different vocal approach). And he continues to explore subtly different modes of expression throughout the album, never going anywhere that a fan of eclectic blues wouldn't be willing to follow, but never settling into a completely predictable groove, either. "Crazy and Blue" features a guitar solo that sounds like Robert Fripp channeling Freddie King; "You're Gonna Miss Me" reminds listeners how fun 12/8 time can be; and the album's emotional centerpiece, "Something I Can't Do," is both despairing and defiant, in a heartbreaking sort of way: "In my darkest hour, I could never do the things you do," Stevens sings, and there's something about the way that common sentiment is phrased that just catches you off guard. Nice stuff.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2006
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0030206131222
catalogNumber:
5637255918
Rank:
121062

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Corey Stevens   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Gary Hoey   Percussion
Stanley Behrens   Harmonica
Dallas Hodge   Guitar
Will MacGregor   Bass
John Paulus   Guitar
Adolfo de la Parra   Drums
David Salinas   Drums
Glen Gerard   Keyboards
Danny Grenier   Guitar
Mike Riojas   Bass

Technical Credits

Gary Hoey   Engineer
Richard Brannon   Composer
Ian Devaney   Composer
Mike Duke   Composer
David Malloy   Composer
Andy Morris   Composer
Lisa Stansfield   Composer
Skip Taylor   Producer
Adolfo de la Parra   Producer
Corey Stevens   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Ian Blanch   Engineer
Richard Barron   Engineer
Tim Braaten   Art Direction
Dave Reif   Art Direction

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