The Trevor B. Power Band is based in northwest New Jersey. Power grew up in a household with parents that loved all kinds of music. He received his first guitar when he was fifteen and began playing the rock n’ roll of the sixties and seventies. He spent most of his adult life playing solo acoustic at coffee houses and bars in the northeast and Arizona. Power became a DJ at Centenary College’s public radio station, WNTI, where he further schooled himself on the history of the blues and the music business in general. He befriended Bobby Whitlock, of “Derek and the Dominos”, and his wife Coco Carmel who encouraged him to play and write more of his own music. He shared the stage with Johnny Charles, Dave Fields, and Steve Krase’s krewe; including ten time Blues Music Award nominee Trudy Lynn, and guitarist Bob Lanza.
This is the Trevor B. Power Band’s first studio recording. The core band is Billy Gensch, guitars; Mark Enright, bass; and Tom DiCianni, drums. Additional musicians include co-producer Anthony Krizan from The Spin Doctors, guitar, bass, drums and background vocals; John Ginty, keyboards; Lanza, guitar; Nick Conti, saxophone; Jim Ruffi, drums; and special guests Whitlock and Carmel.
All of the songs are written by Power whose music rocks. Highlights include the infectious “Jack” that opens with the lyric “This train keeps a rolling down the track” while Krizan lays down some slide. On the chorus C.C. Coletti harmonizes with Power and Krizan.
Lanza takes a bluesy guitar solo on the Chicago styled shuffle “You Ain’t Acting Right” as Power chastises his woman for cheating. The pissed off Power continues his fire on the jaunty “Future Plans” as he wishes her dead; Ginty’s honky-tonk piano and Conti’s yakety sax add the fuel. “Baby I’m Through With You” continues the flaming rhetoric.
“Saddest Thing” is a slow blues, while “Storm Brewin’” features a Bo Diddley beat. Power plays an acoustic on “Murder in The First Degree” as he sings “don’t let the woman change you, it’ll be murder in the first degree” while Krizan plays all the other instruments.
The title track closes out this fine album. “Everyday Angel”, is sung to his daughter Meghan. Whitlock plays slide, drums and keyboards, while Carmel sits in on sax and sings the background vocal. This emotional ballad about divorce, and his love for his daughter, is both heartfelt and uplifting at the same time.
This auspicious debut showcases Power as both a fine songwriter and passionate vocalist.
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