Rick Galusha's Pacific St. Blues and Americana

Since inception (1989), Pacific St. Blues & Americana strives to be a discerning voice helping roots fans sift through the mountains of music released every year. We are not for everyone; we want to engage active, critical listeners that hear beyond d'jour. Interviews include: Johnny Winter, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Jerry Wexler, Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, B.B. King, Dr. John, Robin Trower, Robben Ford, Mato Nanji, Joe Bonamassa, Harry Manx, Sue Foley, Marshall Chess, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Louvin, Kim Richey, Radney Foster, Eric Johnson, David Clayton Thomas, Al Kooper, Phil Chen (Wired, Blow By Blow), Ian McLagan, Art Neville, Southside Johnny, Miami Steve Van Zant, Nils Lofgren, Bruce Iglauer, Charlie Musselwhite, Studebaker John, Chris Duarte, Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Hamilton Loomis, Peter Karp, Roomful of Blues, James Harman, Hadden Sayers, Malford Milligan, Melvin Taylor, Otis Taylor, Dave Alvin, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, Marsha Ball, Maria Muldaur, Shelby Lynne, Magic Dick & J. Geils, Lil' Milton, BuddyGuy, Aynsley Lister, Matt Schofield, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, James Cotton, Robin & Jesse Davey, Hugh Coltman (Hoax), Sean Kelly (Samples), John Entwistle (The Who), Mark Olson (Jayhawks), Walter Wolfman Washington, Anthony Gomes, Bob Malone, Chubby Carrier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Murali Coryell, David Jacob Strain, DeAnna Bogart, Michael Lee Firkins, Guy Davis, Jason Ricci, John Doe, Little Feat, Matt Woods, MikeZito, Peter Buffett, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Corky Siegel, Todd Park Mohr, Watermelon Slim, Magic Slim, Corey Harris,- - - - - - ------------------------Radio archives: http://www.kiwrblues.podomatic.com/. Playlists: http://www.omahablues.com/ Reviews featured in http://www.blueswax.com/. Email: KIWRblues@gmail.com Live online; Sundays 9 a.m. (-6 GMT) http://www.897theriver.com/

Sunday, March 30, 2008

What's On serial July 5, 2005

What’s On at Pacific Street Blues
Volume # 8

This week we review two titles that are category definers. Each artist is a ‘purist’ within their genre and, to some degree, defines that genre’s sound today.

Artist: Sean Costello
Title: Sean Costello
Rating: Very Good

Costello first blossomed on the scene as the guitar player in Susan Tedeschi’s band. Unlike Tedeschi, Costello is a touring monster and has played Nebraska several times including this weekends (July 9th & 10th) blues festival on the Metro Community College’s 30th & Fort Street campus. Costello’s sound has progressively become his own on each album with a fine culmination on this self titled release. After three albums Costello has grown beyond the trad-purist into an artist that has put his own stamp on his retro sound. Unlike many traditionalists however Costello has chosen to grow the sound beyond the tight constrictions of “pure blues.” His songs avoid tired clichés and yet sonically appeal to purist blues fans as well as modern blues fans. Unlike his contemporary Jonny Lang, Costello has a firm grip on the development of his style, the ability to write a good song and substance beyond a sharp jaw line and a nice hair cut.

Artist: Eric Johnson
Title: Bloom
Rating: Good++

Eric Johnson has to be among the most talented guitar players in the world. He has defined his own sound and made a living out of being brilliant and incredibly talented. Johnson’s weak link, like most hot-shot guitar players is his song writing. Instead Johnson has created sonic pallets where sound and color mesh in an intense burst of skill and aptitude. Not for everyone, Johnson’s sound is well defined and unquestionably pleasant to listen to; however, you’re not going to walk away humming a tune. Heavy on the instrumentals Johnson’s voice is wispy and angelic. Like most gifted musicians I suspect Johnson struggles with compromises between his art, his skill, and the commercial end of the music business. I really enjoy this guy but there are times when I want to be drawn into the music and leave with a tune in my head that lingers.

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