Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Review "Walkin’ Through the Fire" – Scott Ellison (JSE Records)

By Rick J Bowen 
Oklahoma guitar man Scott Ellison is out to take no prisoners with his new release Walkin' Through Fire on JSE Records. This strong fifteen song set is a dance party disc meant to get listeners up on their feet. Each tracks features Ellison's fiery fret work and raspy howl , who at times sounds like a mix of Delbert McClinton meets Bob Dylan, especially the two beat stomper "No Way To Live."

Ellison's partner Walt Richmond can be credited with the tight arrangements and mix sounds and the tasty addition of the Hot Tamale horns, although the use of electronic drums feels a tad unauthentic at times. Ellison's wit is also on display here with the snappy venom of barrel house rambler "You Talk Too Much," and the terrifically sarcastic "The Man Who Shot Mustang Sally." Walking through the Fire is a fine collection of rockin' blues, and soul from an under the radar artist.

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