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Sean Chambers - Ten Til Midnight

Independent Release

When you grow up listening to players like B.B. King, Howlin Wolf, Jimi Hendrix and Muddy Waters, you're getting the best education in learning how to play the blues. And when you work your way into becoming Hubert Sumlin's guitarist and bandleader, then that's an additional feather in your hat.

Not bad for Florida's own Sean Chambers who has just released his third cd entitled "Ten Til Midnight." Traces of Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan can be found in Sean's playing. Yet they are only reference points for a brand of blues rock that owes to a wide spectrum of influences and not pigeonholed to limited sources.

When you listen to Chambers' rendition of Luther Allison's "All The Kings Horses," the guitar-work sounds like Walter Trout when he was starting out at the age of twenty. Sean has strong backing from drummer Paul Broderick and bassist Tim Blair. But the contributions of other players can't be ignored. Gary Keith's harmonica provides jukejoint nuance in the upbeat "Blues And Rock 'N' Roll." Jack Henriquez hits them piano keys heavily on Eddie Jones' "You're Gonna Miss Me" which is a spiritual cousin of Muddy Water's "Cant Be Satisfied."

Sean is hitting his stride as a songwriter. He pours a bleeding heart into "In The Winter Time" with his Strat that just bends, twists and howls notes. He does a pretty good Billy Gibbons vocal impersonation of ZZ Top's riff-rocker "Brown Sugar."

It might be difficult for Chambers getting away from the strong grasp of Muddy Waters. The slide dobro of "I Don't Know Why" and electric slide of "When I Get Lonely" both bear the seal of Mckinley Morganfield.

Chambers is not signed with any big label yet. Once he shops this release around, he shouldn't have any problems in hooking up a company who love their guitar players loud with rocking doses of the blues.

Review by Gary “Wingman” Weeks

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