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The Terry Quiett Band - Just My Luck

Lucky Bag Records

12 tracks - 49mins 53 secs

Terry Quiet and his band members hail from in and around Wichita, Kansas, but their music smacks of the delta, the east coat and the west coast all spun into an amalgam of delightful music. This is a CD that should grace the shelves of anyone claiming to be a fan of contemporary blues and blues rock. First letís say that Terry is an accomplished and inventive axeman, who clearly has his soul firmly planted alongside the roots of the blues, but who has an edge on contemporary trends that make his work outstanding.

The CD is produced by Grammy-winning producer Jim Gaines (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Steve Miller Band, George Thorogood, Luther Allison, Albert Collins) and the band consists of Terry Quiett, vocals, guitar; Aaron Underwood, bass, backing vocals; and, Rodney Baker, drums. All the tunes are written by Quiett and range from the opener, "Karma" which comes with some augmented chords making it sound wonderfully jazzy. More jazzy feel from "Work For It" which has a strong George Benson feel to the axe work. On the other hand, "Big Man Boogie" has an attack that has the feel of the iceman, Albert Collins. Wonderful!

A change of pace and sound comes along with "Judgement Day", Quiett here on resonator and with a vocal that sounds steeped in Delta Blues and Gospel.. The next track, "Next up, The Woodsman" also comes with some resonator, but this one has has a doomy vibe and shortly morphs into a blues rock style with some searing guitar that Billy Gibbons or Warren Haynes would be proud of. The vocals here are a tad more country than blues, but IMHO, thereís nothing wring with that!

The closer, "Close To You" comes with a similar contemporary country sound and lyrics that will mean, without doubt, that the song will be covered before too long by some big name act.

In short, this is an excellent CD and itís strongly recommended. Itís gonna get a good deal of air play, including by me. More please Mr Quiett!

Reviewer Ian McKenzie lives in England. He is the editor of Blues In The South ( a monthly flier providing news, reviews, a gig guide and all kinds of other good stuff, for people living and going to gigs along the south coast of England. Ian also produces and presents two (different) web cast blues radio shows; one on www.phonic.FM in Exeter (Wednesdays: 1pm Eastern/ 12 noon Central, 10am Pacific) and the second on KCOR ( on Fridays at 12noon Central.

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