by Emery Columna –
This is a gutsy 4 boxes performance.
The production by Wendy and Lisa borders on open handed genius…no closed fists in the feelings the sonics generate.
You might remember Doyle Bramhall as the ambidextrous Guitar Monster and heir-apparent to the Stevie Ray Vaughan legacy.
This multi-talented instrumentalist seems to have shaken that unbearable SRV mantle and other ghosts as well, for that matter. This album seems to be Little Doyle’s soulful exorcism.
The skin slappers on this album are a handfull…I’m aware of Abe Laboriel, Jr. from his work with Jonatha Brooke and Steve Vai, and the soulful brother keeps time groovily on this Gemstone. Sheila E. did the drums on Prince’s Sign Of The Times and every time I see her name I think of “The Belle Of St. Mark” and “Glamorous Life”.
Put it this way, Little Doyle had some sexy motherfuckers on this one…delivering what was only hinted at with the Arcangels.
Dig the words penned by Will Sexton and Bramhall’s forceful, earnest soulfulness and tasty guitar.