Blues Heaven (2016)


1 Boom Boom

2 Money

3 She’s a Keeper

4 Blues Heaven

5 Put Down That Poison

6 Leaving Houston

7 Boomerang

8 I’m Her Fool

9 Gulf Coast Woman

10 All I Ever Do

11 Garden Of Truth

12 Kind of a Girl

13 Almost Like a Suicide

When you’ve played in Dickey Betts’ “Great Southern” you don’t need any other introducing because this experiment is great enough. Mark May, whose talent is now known, offers us a blue cover album, blue as his music. Soul Satyr Horns join mark and his band, giving a particular ambiance to the songs: “Boom Boom” a rhythm song close to Albert Collins with a fine guitar solo, just before the blues song “Money”. “She’s a keeper” is a rock song with an Elvin Bishop style slide guitar solo just before a telecaster guitar solo by Kentucky Headhunters Greg Martin. Mark May makes a good job on “Blues Heaven” full of soul and with a moving saxophone and a Clapton style guitar solo. A special note to “Put down that Poison” (country-rock song Rhythm n’ Blues) and “Leaving Houston” (a mix of BB King and Texas blues). Van Wilks seems to be present in “Gulf Coast Woman” (with a kind of Billy Gibbons on solos) and “All I ever do” is a funky Rhythm n’ Blues. “Almost like a Suicide” is a Southern Rock song. And congratulations to “Garden of Truth”, a very melodic song with a basis of Texas Blues and a great guitar solo. Bravo! This excellent album has the right name and brings us directly to Blues heaven with no passage in the purgatory. Don’t miss it!

Olivier Aubry

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