Knighted by the Blues

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Rick Derringer tried a variety of different things in the 1980s, '90s, and 2000s. The singer/guitarist recorded his share of middle of the road pop
ock and adult contemporary albums, and he even recorded an instrumental jazz-pop/smooth jazz album that had George Benson-ish leanings (2002's Free Ride). But Derringer, who turned 61 in 2008, has a way of going back to blues-rock and hard rock -- which is exactly what he does on Knighted by the Blues. Granted, this 2009 release wasn't recorded with blues purists in mind; not everything on Knighted by the Blues adheres to the traditional 12-bar format. But the feeling of the blues is quite ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Rick Derringer tried a variety of different things in the 1980s, '90s, and 2000s. The singer/guitarist recorded his share of middle of the road pop
ock and adult contemporary albums, and he even recorded an instrumental jazz-pop/smooth jazz album that had George Benson-ish leanings (2002's Free Ride). But Derringer, who turned 61 in 2008, has a way of going back to blues-rock and hard rock -- which is exactly what he does on Knighted by the Blues. Granted, this 2009 release wasn't recorded with blues purists in mind; not everything on Knighted by the Blues adheres to the traditional 12-bar format. But the feeling of the blues is quite strong throughout this 51-minute CD; that feeling is as strong on Derringer's own songs as it is on enjoyable performances of Jimi Hendrix's "If 6 Was Nine" and Ray Charles' "Funny, I Still Love You." Knighted by the Blues is definitely one of Derringer's grittier, tougher, more ballsy efforts -- and given his history, it isn't surprising that he would return to this type of approach. Over the years, Derringer has fluctuated between very commercial recordings and recordings that were much edgier. It's no coincidence that even though Derringer is best known for "Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo," he is also well known for the bubblegum pop
ock he played with the McCoys in the '60s. So taking his history into account, it really isn't surprising that Derringer would offer a jazz-pop/smooth jazz album in 2002 and come out with a blues-rock/hard rock album like Knighted by the Blues seven years later in 2009. Knighted by the Blues isn't among Derringer's essential releases, but it's certainly respectable and is well worth hearing if one fancies his edgier side.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Blues Bureau Int'l
  • UPC: 026245206625
  • Catalog Number: 2066
  • Sales rank: 89,309

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Mess Around (4:00)
  2. 2 Sometimes (5:58)
  3. 3 Give Me Some Money (3:23)
  4. 4 If 6 Was 9 (6:08)
  5. 5 Knighted by the Blues (7:35)
  6. 6 Jenda (4:18)
  7. 7 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (3:20)
  8. 8 My Gals Kinda Crazy (7:31)
  9. 9 Time to Go (4:11)
  10. 10 Funny, I Still Love You (5:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick Derringer Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Dave Reinhardt Drums
Ron Reinhardt Keyboards
Technical Credits
Ray Charles Composer
Rick Derringer Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ahmet Ertegun Composer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Jenda Derringer Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Great Guitarist

    Being a rock and roll fan back in the days of this former All American Boy, I never thought my tastes would expand and evolve into a bona fide Blues lover and that I would be listening to Rick Derringer, of all people, play them. Oh I am well aware of his forays with Johnny Winter, but I must admit the blues solo tunes I have picked up by him are very satisfying.

    While this offering is not as overall enjoyable as Jackhammer Blues, I do think the title cut on this CD supersedes most of his previous efforts. There is something smoky, sultry and totally unique about this cut that keeps me coming back for more. The musicianship as well as the unique pacing and delivery combine to create a memorable and powerful cut.

    The CD has a number of strong efforts, including "The Mess Around", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", and the funny, "My Gal's Kinda Crazy". He also spins a nice version of "If 6 Was 9", although for Hendrix purists, there are no substitutes.

    I enjoy Derringer's approach to this music, as it is obvious he still has command of the instrument and shows glimpses of greatness while at the same time being very subtle and unassuming in his delivery.

    The overall recording is solid and sonically warm. While the vocals aren't admittedly a strength they do marry just fine with the music in delivering the message and the goods.

    While old rockers often fade away, Bluesmen just keep getting better with age and Derringer is testament to this.

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