Blues Called My Name
Blue Heart Records
The first time I ever heard Anthony Geraci was on his previous recording “Take It from Me” where he was paired playing piano with Sugar Ray Norcia who was on harmonica and vocals. At the time Geraci also fronted his own band and the previous year had in released “Anthony Geraci and the Loco-Movites Can’t Take It” with his own band. He has since recorded several jazz albums showcasing his strength on the keyboards.
When Sugar Ray retired Geraci recorded as Anthony Geraci and the Boston Blues All-stars with the rhythm section of drummer Jimi Bott, and bassist Willie J. Campbell, along for the ride were guitarists Kid Ramos, Ronnie Earl, and Monster Mike Welsch. Vocalists included Michele “Evil Gal” Wilson, Sugar Ray Norcia and Sugaray Rayford. Later Geraci recorded with the “The Proven Ones”, a new super group with guitarist Kid Ramos, bassist Campbell, and singer Brian Templeton.
On this new album “Blues Called My Name” not only does Sugar Ray guest as a vocalist on three tracks including “That Old Pine Box” where he sings of his own mortality, but they are joined by guitarists Welsch, Barrett Anderson, Walter Trout, and Charlie O’Neal. Also included are Paul Loranger, or Chris Rathbun acoustic bass, Jeff Armstrong drums, John Vanderpool, tenor saxophone, violinist Anne Harris and vocalist Erika Van Pelt. All of the new songs are originals while the album is dedicated to the memory of keyboardists Gene Taylor, Mike Finnigan (Phantom Blues Band, and Bonnie Raitt), and the spirit of the late great James Harman. It just doesn’t get any better than this.
Contributing Editor/Making A Scene