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GARY HOEY – DEJA BLUES – REVIEW BY A.J. WACHTEL

by GFats on May 27, 2014

GARY HOEY
Deja Blues   

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Review by A.J. Wachtel

This is a classic, guitar-focused, testosterone-driven CD with three of the best local guitarists dueling away on it as icing on the cake. Gary struts his stuff like Stevie Ray on “Boss You Around” and I really dig his nasty, stinging guitar tone. “Boot Hill Blues” has James Montgomery doing a cameo and giving a lesson on bar-room blues. In “Almost Over You,” one of my two favorite cuts here, another Hendrix inspired local icon, Jon Butcher, duels it out with Hoey; and it is GREAT. On my other favorite cut, “She’s Walking,” axeman extraordinaire Johnny A goes head to head with Gary in this steady rolling R&B tune: and again the result is incredible. Check out the slide guitar part that Frank Hannon brings to the table during “Got To Believe”; more Rory Gallagher than Johnny Winter and just as tasty. There are two covers on this CD; “Going Down” which is positively electric, and “Born Under A Bad Sign” the Booker T written classic, with Hoey’s screaming guitar and effects driving the song. Gary Hoey’s creative dexterity is to be admired. THIS CAT SCREAMS! I really dig his music and you will too.  51VA63p5bmL._AA160_

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