Two Rivers Back
by Rhetta Akamatsu
B. Christopher is a guitarist, singer and very busy composer whose work has been used over 20,000 times on Television. He has worked with some of the best musicians in the business. For Two Rivers Back, which features blues ranging over styles from Delta to contemporary he has brought some of them together to create a fantastic band which includes Andy Fig, Shawn Pelton, and Eric Collier on drums; Sandy Snitzer on tenor sax, Jerry Portnoy on harmonica, Bruce Katz on keys, and Michael Powe, EJ “Moose” Boles and Eddie Testa on vocals.
The album consists of 7 vocals and 6 instrumentals. It begins with an instrumental, “Newbie’s Funk ” which should get you in the groove. Then comes ” I Can’t Keep You Satisfied,” which will certainly satisfy classic blues fans. EJ “Moose” Boles handles vocal on this one and on “So Sad”,” a soulful number featuring great horns.
This leads us to the smooth instrumental, ” Bit O’ Butter, featuring soft guitar and piano and “She’s Gone,” which is a highlight for me because of the wonderful slide guitar by Christopher himself. My favorite instrumental!
Next Is “it’s Alright,” smoothly rocking classic blues with great piano from Bruce Katz and Boles once again delivering on vocals, as he does on his final turn, “I’m Drunk ” in which the singer reveals that he is drunk on his woman. “Nina Come On,” is a rocker with great guitar, harmonica, and vocals, this time by Michael Powers.
“Perfect “Cuves” is a slinky. Sensual instrumental.”Bye Bye” is contemporary blues and very singable! “Strike Two” offers tasty. Jazzy blues. “Twenty Eight Days” is plaintive blues with guitar, harmonicas, and vocals working perfectly together. Eddie Testa provides vocals this time. “It Just Hurts” ends the album on a solid instrumental note.
Two Rivers Back is like listening to your favorite soundtrack ever. Give it a listen. You will enjoy it!