Cargo Records 2012
Micki Free is a native American blues guitarist who you probably heard as a member of Shalamar (yes really) and Crown Of Thorns. But here, solo, he’s a rather good blues guitarist heavily influenced by Muddy Waters, Albert King and Billy Gibbons. With a touch of keyboards / organ, a lot of passion and even more melody, he is at the smooth / accessible end of Hendrix.
The title track opens and rocks rather well, it’s mid pace with excellent guitar work and a whiskey nod is reminiscent of the slow/melodic ZZ Top. “Six Feet Down In The Blues” has some good piano touches. A highlight of the album has to be the 17 minute take on Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile Blues”, which riffs and shreds like a monster. And while we’re in Hendrix mode, there’s a live at Hyde Park take of “Red House”, featuring Bill Wyman.
The guitar work is exemplary, exceptional, but the vocals and keyboards are a little on the easy side. Thoroughly enjoyable throughout. You want some decent blues rock guitar, here’s your man.
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In this show, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 2 February 2020, David Randall plays a selection of tracks from some of the artists who impressed at this year’s Giants Of Rock event in Minehead (24-27 January).
Featured Albums w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 NEWMAN Ignition (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 BLACK SWAN Shake The World (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 STEVE HARLEY Uncovered (indie)
Power Plays w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)
SHAKRA Turn The Light On (AFM Records)
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Transmissions (Nuclear Blast)
RYDERS CREEK Lost Soul (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
FRAMING HANLEY Puzzle Pieces (Thermal Entertainment LLC)
ROBERT HART Mysterious (Escape Music)
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