Glenn Patrik: Nuthin' But a Thang! (2009)
Born and raised in Kansas City and a part of today's generation of bluesmen, Patrik carries a genuine hometown swing with his message, allowing the band to ooze comfortably with its rhythmic wave and to cover the territory with finger-poppin' charm. He sings with authority and fills on guitar while coordinating with bass, keyboards and drums in a laid-back affair. Together, they create an atmosphere where blues reigns supreme and Kansas City lends its influence. But there's a lot more going on here, including bits and pieces that Patrik has absorbed from listening to a variety of artists such as Aaron Neville, Jimmy Reed and B.B. King.
On the track "Kansas City," Patrik establishes a swing mood, slows it down considerably for "The Bossman" blues, and delivers "Thang Thang" with funk-driven James Brown energy. Elsewhere, he drives through a field holler, some contemporary blues, and several moaners where he exhibits clear mastery of the guitar. Patrik turns passion into heartbreak and rolls over swing things with a comfortable ease. He's at his best with soulful ballads such as "Friend of Mine" where his sincere approach pays off with meaningful agreement and a cohesive blend that leaves a powerful message.
Track Listing: Don't Call Me Daddy; Don'tcha Know; Kansas City; The Bossman; One More Day; 4 P.M. Blues; Too Blessed to Be Depressed; Thang Thang; Friend of Mine; Last Night; Other Side of Town.
Personnel: Glenn Patrik: vocals, guitar; Ron Anaman: bass, vocals; Rusty Hall: keyboards; Thomas Walker: drums, vocals; Pat Rizzo: tenor saxophone (8); Wayne Smith: bass (3, 4, 7, 10); Nancy Franklin, Joseph Planett: additional vocals (1, 5, 7, 11).
Record Label: Self Produced