Title - 'Detonation' (Field Of Roses Records)
Artist - Dave Fields
Known as the New York boss guitar man, Dave Fields discovered his love for the guitar at age 13 and was soon playing on sessions with his father, and writing his first score for a big band at age 16. Indeed, at high school, Dave had been exposed to some of the top session musicians, composers and arrangers in America.
All these years later and he may well have crafted himself a niche within the business as a different kind of bluesman, but his seriousness for the blues has established him some major credentials within it.
And so here on his latest CD, Detonation we get to find out more about what's behind this blues renaissance man's door. The album kicks off with the frenetic rock of 'Addicted To Your Fire,' before the early Funkadelic-vibe of 'In The Night' comes forth. The contemporary Blues rock guitarist/singer/songwriter continues the musical love fest with the hard guitar playin' of prison song 'Doin' Hard Time,' a track that also features Joe Louis Walker. A multiple Grammy and WC Handy Award winner, Walker is one of the most heralded blues artists of our time and his presence here on this track is beyond incredible.
The ethnic-sounding 'Prophet In Disguise' is next, with a sterling reggae-based 'Bad Hair Day' (featuring pianist/keyboard player Delmar Brown) along thereafter. The dirty soul of 'The Altar' comes along next, with the storming blues stomp of 'Better Be Good' then backed by the more sedate 'Same Old Me,' before the pitched guitars come back around for the '60s-inspired 'Pocket Full Of Dust.'
The fantastic, fresh album comes to a close with the hard musical fuzz of 'Dr Ron,' with both the ballad 'Lydia' and the Blues fun of 'You Will Remember Me' along for the ride next.