Label: Provogue - PRD 70542 • Format: CD Album • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Blues Rock
Unlike the numerous SRV clones, Mack was a contemporary of Stevie and his brother Jimmie, the guitarist drawing deep Come Back Baby - Bobby Mack & Night Train - Honeytrap many of the same musical influences and sharing stages with a lot of the same players. While history has shown how their careers diverged, Mack is still walking that lonely road and cranking out some mighty fine music, as evidenced by his seventh album, Texas Guitar Highway Man.
A sonic and artistic upgrade of his European release Highway Man, this version features spiffed-up vocals and guitar. It sure sounds like his time is here. Mack and band actually back up Foster on his CD and do a magnificent job. Once again Texas tuns out another big-time guitarist and band. More Texas dynamite. Indeed, when they met in Austin in the Come Back Baby - Bobby Mack & Night Train - Honeytrap Seventies, they used to hang out in the same bars and jam with the same musicians.
But for Mack the experience of backing such artists as Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Albert Collins, and a liking for Freddie King and Elmore Top Of The Bill - Various - A Tribute To The Scorpions, seem to have been enough to give him a niche of his own.
As the Club began to resemble a Texas roadhouse, Mack responded by playing the guitar behind his neck and then behind his back. For an artist who has been named Texas Music Ambassador to the World by the Texas Senate the title, says Mack wowed then in Japanhe proved to have all the right credentials. Bobby Mack has had a relatively tough time trying to achieve the kind of status some of his fellow Texan blues guitar merchants have realized.
This time, his latest studio album, released on Provogue, is by a considerable distance his best yet and showcases an artist more at ease with himself, his identity and musical style.
Always a technically gifted guitarist, Mack has occasionally in the past been guilty of over elaboration, but here the style is lean and mean with a reliance on phrasing and rhythmic invention.
The benefits are clear to hear. The mix and excellent production assures a rounded sound which maximizes the balance of instrumentation and allows the music to breathe nicely. The SRV influence is obvious. There are only two covers here. Both work well. The self-written tracks have plenty of variety. In fact the ensemble playing is tight throughout with Mack using his stage band — Bret Coats pins the bass down Come Back Baby - Bobby Mack & Night Train - Honeytrap Mark Goodwin adds very useful keyboards.
I was surprised by just how good this release is. A mature product from a maturing artist. Bobby relocated to Austin Texas in Bobby Mack has released 7 CDs with distribution in the U. In Bobby was a musical director in a Texas cultural exchange touring with a troupe of Texas musicians in the former Soviet Union. Your Name required. Your Email required. Your Phone required. Show Date s Chrome Wave - O.R.D.U.C.
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