Title - 'The Devil to Pay'
Artist - Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown
Kim Simmonds, as I'm sure we all know by now, is a Welsh guitarist and best known as leader and founding member of the blues rock band Savoy Brown. His passion for the Blues has been long within him, for when still a young teenager, Simmonds learned to play from listening to his brother's blues records. Considered one of the architects of British blues, he started playing professionally in 1966 in London, England - and have never looked back.
The Devil to Pay, Simmonds' 45th album release (!), brings a stunning combination of passion, thrilling Blues music to the fore once again, and might even entice some innocent bystanders to join the love fest for Simmonds this time around.
His band, Savoy Brown, celebrates their 50th year as pack-leaders of the British blues scene, which then will come as no surprise to learn that The Devil To Pay was actually born during a white-knuckle burst of inspiration! They recorded the album in April, 2015 at SubCat Studios in Syracuse, New York, and rather fast, at that. Indeed, with the entire album recorded within two or three days, and most of the work done in a single day at that, what you expect to hear on this new album is beyond all expectations this time round, trust me!
The follow up to the critically acclaimed Going To The Delta kicks off with the gentle guitar slow Blues of 'Ain't Got Nobody,' which bleeds perfectly into the upbeat, foot tappin', Stevie Ray Vaughanesque 'Bad Weather Brewing.' The fast-paced guitar storytelling of 'Grew up in the Blues' is next and is backed by both the mid-tempo guitar burn of 'When Love Goes Wrong' and then the early-sounding Johnny Cashesque 'Oh Rosa.' That's the beauty of this album, for there are straight out Blues tunes, shuffles, slow Blues moments, and all sound familiar, sure, and yet fresh and new at the same time.
The title track, 'The Devil to Pay' is like a train, chugging along nicely on the rails, never threatening to careen off, always safe in the knowledge that it is a sure fire solid entity for everyone to tag along with. The reveal of a man who knows his woman is cheating on him, 'Stop Throwing Your Love Around' is next and is followed by the brilliantly-titled guitar romp 'Snakin'. The longest track on the new album, at nearly six minutes, is 'Got an Awful Feeling,' which is backed by the jangly steel guitar vibe of 'I've Been Drinking.' This delightful new album, and one whose production is simple, which allows the rhythm section of Pat DeSalvo and Garnet Grimm to quietly still stand out, then comes to a close with 'Watch My Woman,' the gentle flow of 'Whiskey Headed Baby,' and then, finally, the mean, downright, done-wrong, 'Evil Eye.'
Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown - On Tour:
September 30-Poor David's Pub, Dallas TX
October 1-One World Theatre, Austin, TX
October 2-Sam's Burger Joint, San Antonio, TX
October 3-Dosey Doe, Conroe, TX
October 13-Fitzgerald's, Chicago, IL
October 14-Famous Dave's, Minneapolis, MN
October 16-Knucklehead's, Kansas City, MO
October 17-Wildey Theater, Edwardsville, IL (St. Louis)
October 31--Sportsmen's Tavern, Buffalo, NY
November 6-Moondogs, Blanox, PA (Pittsburgh)
November 7-Magic Bag, Ferndale, MI
European Tour dates:
November 18-Musiktheatre Piano, Dortmund, Germany
November 19-Gemeindesaal, Lindewerra, Germany
November 20-Muhle Hunziken, Rubigen, Switzerland
November 21-Blues Garage, Hannover, Germancy
November 22-Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
November 24-Reigen Live, Vienna, Austria
November 26-Café Central, Weinheim, Germany
November 27-Downtown Blues Club, Hamburg, Germany
November 28-Quasimodo, Berlin, Germany
December 11-private event, Reading, PA
December 12-Towne Crier, Beacon, NY
December 18-Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA
December 19-Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley, MA
January 21-24, 2016 Rock Legends Cruise - (from Ft. Lauderdale, FL)