Steve Guyger - Radio Blues

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Steve Guyger - Radio Blues

Postby blueswriter » Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:12 pm

Steve Guyger
Radio Blues
Severn (2008) CD 0044

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14 tracks, 53 minutes. Highly recommended. Time must be flying. It's been almost nine years since Steve Guyger had a recording issued under his own name. He's appeared on a small handful of projects since Past Life Blues came out in 1999, but he's certainly been overdue and Radio Blues proves to be a stellar addition to his fine catalog. Blues guitarists appear as a dime-a-dozen commodity these days and the same can almost be said about harmonica players: they're everywhere. However, there's a rather small assembly who fully understand what tone, taste and timing can bring to the table. Guyger has mastered those intricate ingredients through years of effort learning from, and working with, Jimmy Rogers, Steve Freund, James Cotton, Louisiana Red and far too many others to mention. Steve's new disc on Severn finds him in great company with Johnny Moeller on guitar, Steve Gomes and Robb Stupka providing the rhythmic power and Bill Heid on keyboards. Although his playing shows the influences of Little Walter, Papa Lightfoot, Big Walter and many more, Guyger does possess a style that is unmistakably his own and it shines throughout the fourteen tracks. Whether it's a cruising shuffle like the opener, Lookie Here, the Latin-tinged School Is Over, or the stumbling Won't You Come Out Tonight, the harp work is effortlessly concise, never stretching beyond making fully-matured musical statements. On the slow and grinding Let Me Hang Around, Steve calls on the spirit of Little Walter, while Blues Won't Let Me Be marks a heartfelt tribute to Carey Bell, with its rich chromatic work and threatening vocals. Johnny Moeller deserves big credit for offering a clinic on how a guitarist should properly back a harmonica player. He steps out when called upon, states his case and seamlessly falls back in delivering faultless rhythm work. The blues language is one of subtle details and the five people gathered here speak that language fluently. Steve Guyger has a fine list of recordings to his credit, but none better than Radio Blues. Let's just hope we don't have to wait another nine years before he comes back roaring. Superb!

Severn Records

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Re: Steve Guyger - Radio Blues

Postby slideguitarblues » Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:03 am

Oscher and Guyger's "LIving Legends" must be the greatest blues harp album ever.
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Re: Steve Guyger - Radio Blues

Postby goldbrick » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:36 am

This guy is a close friend of my brother in Philly and he says that Steve is a real down to earth guy who does a lot of shows in Europe
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