DAVID EGAN – DAVID EGAN – REVIEW BY LADY K
Rhonda Sue Records, 2013
Review by Lady K
David Egan, out of New Orleans, plays piano, electric piano, and organ. He sings (and has a lovely Bayou accent which is very obvious in his songs), AND he wrote all of the tunes on this self-titled album. His ‘basic’ band was Mike Sipos (drums) and Ron Eoff (bass). And then there are the guests: guitar (Lil Buck Senegal, Joe McMahan, Bruce MacDonald, Buddy Flett); sax(es) (Dickie Landry); congas/percussion (Mike Dillon); triangle (Tony Daigle); backing vocals (Roddie Romero, Caleb Elliot).
There’s a whole bunch of piano blues on David Egan’s “David Egan”. “That’s a Big Ol’ Hurt” is a slow and sexy tune with some fantastic baritone sax from Landry. It’s about a love gone terribly awry: ‘I walked in on you and Freddy, and I knew that I was ruined / you gave me that stinkin’ grin and kept right on doin’ what you were doin’ / and that’s a big old hurt.’ The funky, uptempo “Call Your Children Home” features Zydeco’s legend, Lil Buck Senegal, on guitar, and contains advice to the guitar player in the tune: ‘Buddy Boulden used to do it when he blew his mighty horn, crank that funky guitar up and call your children home.’
“Outta Mississippi” contains killer hard-driving, rockin’ guitar and Dickey’s alto sax, while “The Outside” is slower, epitomizing lonely blues. The slow, sad piano blues tune “Blues How They Linger” reminds us that happiness (and love) don’t always last: ‘Love runs hot and cold people – empires, they rise and fall / but the blues, how they linger. . .’
One of Lady K’s favorite tracks is the sexy mid-tempo “Dance to the Blues With Me” – you’re gonna want to dance to this one, so you might as well stand up and get moving. ‘Shimmy down now darlin’, shake down all the doors / Show me somethin’, baby, I ain’t never seen before / Why don’t you get up and dance to the blues with me?’ Another favorite of mine is “One Foot In the Bayou”; it’s more rockin’ blues with a honky-tonk feel from Egan’s keyboard, bemoaning a move from NOLA to NYC: ‘She done gone up to the city – still got mud on her shoes / she got one foot in New York City and one foot in the Bayou.’
“Funky Dreams” had a bit of a jazzy feel and a mid-tempo beat, and might make you change your mind about trying to get a good night’s sleep – lest you have weird dreams too: ‘Blind man at the wheel, babies with loaded guns / Ninety-nine mad dogs squeal – mortified legs can’t run / Just a few hours of sleep would sure do me good – just get funky dreams instead.’
“Dead End Friend” is an up-tempo goodbye to a lover with a wandering eye: ‘Don’t say goodnight, just climb on in with his garbage and his racing forms / Something tells me that his beat-up Ford is about to become your new home.’
The CD ends with 3 slow blues tunes (which Egan does really well, by the way): “Sad Sad Satisfaction” – piano blues about a breaking heart: ‘I got a sad, sad satisfaction that my worst suspicion’s come true / Just a hint of intuition that soon I’d be losing you.’
“Rootbeer Baby” is sexy-bluesy and uses different foods/cooking terms as metaphors for over-the-counter sex (you’ll just have to listen to it for yourselves). And “Every Tear” is another slow love song: ‘Oh then reach out and hold me close, and in time you sure will know that I will dry every tear.’
Even tho’ “David Egan” has its share of sad love songs, it will make you happy – the way good blues music does.