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Michael Powers: Prodigal Son (2006)

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Blues rocker Michael Powers unleashes a big sound on Prodigal Son, the followup to his 2004 recording debut, delivering a wide array of blues textures. Deep roots show through just about every piece as the singer/guitarist covers Sonny Boy Williamson, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Reed, Rev. Gary Davis, Arthur Lee and Tiny Bradshaw, plus a half dozen original songs.

Powers grew up on the East Coast. His songs paint a picture of life up and down I-95, hitting the road in search of answers. He brings us plenty of food for thought as he sings about unrequited love, gettin' some respect for one's accomplishments, getting hooked, searching for freedom, and movin' out. One instrumental number, "Compassion, a duet, features Powers on acoustic guitar with Jimmy Vivino on dobro in a comfortable country blues setting.

For the most part, Powers rocks hard with electric guitar and plenty of action. He cites guitarist Jimmy Reed as a major influence. Emotions run strong and the bluesman is convincing.

The big surprise is Powers' penchant for blues variety. Contemporary blues, jump blues, country blues, white-hot electric blues and folk blues give the program many aural angles. He's just as likely to remind you of the Rolling Stones or Muddy Waters as Jimi Hendrix, the Allman Brothers or the Blues Brothers. As long as he remains as eclectic and excited about the blues, we'll always know that his dining room holds a veritable buffet of impassioned blues.

Track Listing: Goin Down; Its a Bloody Life; Prodigal Son; White Lightning; Wild Side; Every Grain of Sand; Lay the Hooch; Oh John; Signed D.C.; Compassion; You Got to Go Down; Train Kept a Rollin.

Personnel: Michael Powers: guitar, dobro, vocals; Cliff Schmitt, Michael Merritt: bass; Steve Shelley: drums; James Wormworth: drums, percussion, washboard; Jimmy Vivino: piano, electric piano, organ, Mellotron, guitar, dobro, mandolin; Jimi Zhivago: Hammond organ, twelve-string guitar, vibraphone.

Record Label: Baryon Records

Style: Blues


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