The New World Blues
Whiskey Bayou Records
Southern California’s Alastair Greene was first influenced by seventies guitarists Duane Allman and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He found work backing James Harman before releasing his debut album “A Little Wiser” in 2001. He followed up with 2003’s “Bootleg: Live in L.A”. Greene also appeared on albums by Aynsley Dunbar, Mitch Kashmar and Frank Goldwasser. Greene released “Walking in Circles in 2009; and the following year became the guitarist in Alan Parsons’ touring band. In 2014 Greene released “Trouble At Your Door” on Eclecto Groove a subsidiary of Delta Groove Records; and followed up with 2016’s “Now And Again”; 2017’s “Dream Train”, and 2018’s “Live From the 805”.
For Greene’s ninth recording he traveled to Houma, Louisiana to record with the Grammy nominated and Blues Music Award winning Tab Benoit. Produced by Benoit on his Whiskey Bayou Records label Greene states “This is definitely the most stripped down blues-based album I’ve ever made. The vast majority of the record is live in the studio with very few overdubs and many were first or second takes.” Guitarist Greene is accompanied by Corey Duplechin, bass and harmony vocals; and Benoit, drums and harmony vocals.
Seven songs were written solely by Greene. He opens with the relentless “Living Today” with the lyric “remember to let your love shine through”. “Lies And Fear” is a funky tune with Benoit and Duplechin driving the beat. Highlights include the slow burning “No Longer Amused” with a great vocal from Greene; the funky instrumental “Back At The Poor House”, “Find Your Way Back Home” and “Alone and Confused”.
Four more songs were co-written with Benoit including “Bayou Mile”, with the lyric “if you want to see me smile, walk with me a Bayou Mile” as Greene plays some serious slide. My favorite is “When You Don’t Know What To Do” with some great rhythm guitar from Greene, and Benoit laying down the funky foundation, before Greene takes one of his signature solos. The other co-written songs include the poignant “Heroes”, and the title track “The New World Blues” which closes out this fine album.
This stripped down blues-rock gem shows yet another side of the versatile Alastair Greene.