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Truett – “Lies and Lightning”

Truett has just released his second EP, Lies and Lightning, and it may just be five songs but hoe happy your ears are going to be!

It all starts with an irresistible drumbeat, provided by Paul Hammer, leading directly into a thicket of wild guitar riffs and somewhat distorted vocals for “Run Me Down” and “Selfish Lover.” What a wild ride, which gentles to a sweet rocking rhythm for the beautiful “Time To Time,”

But don’t be lulled, because next is the dark, intense, heavily reverbed “Fire. Truett excels at these songs that sound barely controlled, but he also excels at aching, tender ballads like “Coldwater Michigan.” The songwriting on these songs is superb.

Altogether, the EP shows Truett’s amazing flexibility and skill not just as the guitar virtuoso he has been from a young age, but now, in his 20’s, as a artist and performer who delivers blues-rock of the highest quality.

Be forewarned: Lies and Lightning will leave you wanting more. It’s a lot of pleasure packed into a few songs. You can always listen again!

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Brooks Mason -“brooks”

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Brooks Mason has just put out his first solo EP., “brooks,” and you really should give it a listen. He’s only 22, but many of us around Atlanta have been hearing him play with his brother for years. The music he really loves is straight blues from the 50s and 60s, guys like Howlin’ Wolf and Freddie King. So he made this EP, using vintage recording techniques to get the sounds he wanted. Brooks plays guitar, bass, drums, and horns on this record and sings, and he does it all well. 

The result sounds fiercely authentic and from the very first,  the guitar riffs on “Yonders Wall” just snap you awake and make you pay attention!  From there on, it’s just straight blues through “New Orleans,” where admittedly the sound rises and falls, to “36th & Main,” where the volume is still a bit unpredictable. In fact, that happens throughout the recording, but that is not much of a  price to pay for this fierce authenticity. Brooks is paying tribute to the 50s and 6-s blues he loves and he knows exactly what he is doing.

The fourth track is “Whiskey and Wimmen,” which does not sound very convincing. I think Brooks is too young for women and strong drink to have ruined him yet, and he sounds pretty happy about it. Nevertheless,  the song is great fun. A great version of “I’m Worried” wraps it all up. 

Brooks’ voice is clear and strong enough not to require harmony and his guitar playing is incredible. He has made the EP available for free on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and YouTube, with donations requested. Here is your chance to show your support for a young blues artist, who is also going to entertain and impress you and make you wish for a full 10 or 12 tracks next time!