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THE CHARLIE KEATING BAND – Slide on Over – review by AJ Wachtel

by GFats on November 9, 2011

Slide On Over
Self Release

By A.J. Wachtel

Charlie Keating is a very good guitarist and this CD really showcases his masterful take on slide guitar and his interpretations of many different degrees of boogie-woogie, shuffles and slower, more traditional blues. His playing is a bit Elmore James and a bit George Thorogood, and his band – Lenny Turnquist on bass and Uncle Dom Micarelli on drums – explodes behind him and they tightly set the stage for Keating to show off his talents. The compositions are all originals except for “Shake Your Money Maker” by Elmore, “Every Day I Have The Blues” by Memphis Slim, Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love” and a killer version of the traditional “Rollin’ & Tumblin’ ” that really shakes. Listen to his moody guitar on the Memphis Slim song. Listen to his screaming guitar on Elmore’s song. Or listen to how he boogies the Diddley beat on Bo’s signature tune. And the different variations of slide boogie-woogie on his own songs including the opener “Elmo’s Boogie,” “Please Come Home,” “Come Back” and “Eric’s Boogie,” which could be easily labeled slide rockabilly, are first class. Even the slower blues “You ┬áDon’t Have To Cry” and “Dog Biscuit” are done well. Good music to play loud.

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