THE BARRETT ANDERSON TRIO with RON LEVY – LIVE AT SMOKIN’ JOES – REVIEW BY A.J. WACHTEL
THE BARRETT ANDERSON TRIO with RON LEVY
Smokin’ Joes BBQ and Blues
By A.J. Wachtel
This year’s Boston Music Award’s Blues Artist of The Year winner just keeps getting better and better each time I hear them perform. They are an r&b groove band and the best parts of the night are always in the middle of the song when the band has found it’s groove and is playing well together. What I really notice right away and enjoy is the tight way that guitarist Barrett and keyboardist Ron Levy play off of each other: it’s like listening to the show in stereo as you hear their artistry come out of different speakers; and this is what I listen to as drummer Frosty Padgett and bassist Jamie Hatcher drive the band powerfully and professionally. Songs of the night are a rocking version of Muddy’s “I Can’t Be Satisfied” showcasing Barrett’s killer slide and gruff vocals, “Emma Lee” from his latest CD “The Long Fall”, and the Jimmie Reed classic “Shame, Shame, Shame”. One song right after the other; first the guitar riff to start the melody, then the band comes right in. Very cool. I look at Barrett: growling voice, eyes closed, standing up and holding his old telecaster with the worn fretboard; just singing into the mic. And he plays with no pic on many songs: just plucking the strings to get the most out of them. Smokin’ Joes. Smoking band.