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Jimmy Warren Band - No More Promises

Electro Glide Records


The star of Illinois native Jimmy Warren's first studio release is his guitar tone and what he does with it in his hands. Think Jimmy Thackery meets Roben Ford meets the Blusier side of Robin Trower. He gets that rich, thick soaring tone best showcased on the Trower-colored instrumental "Darker Shade Of Grey". His husky vocals lament his plight via his self-penned workingman's blues-rock.

Warren covers the standard fare of this genre-bad boss, evil woman, lost know the drill. The guitars up the ante and his servicable vocals grow on you somewhat. An ace backing band gives him the leeway to strut out his licks. Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin helps out on "It Ain't Fair" with some fuzzed slide work. He rips off shards of guitar on the Jimmy Thackery-ish "Standing In My Shoes"

"I'm Gonna Love You" and "No More Promises" harken back to the plaintive side of Eric Clapton, slow songs punctuated with piercing electric guitar bursts. What his voice lacks in expression and melody his more than made up for by his playing. He pours his soul out in every bent, twisted and strangled note he manages to coax out of his guitar best displayed on the closer "Sends Me On My Way" on which he becomes a one man band handling guitar, bass, drums and organ.

There is nothing here to satisfy a Blues purist, but Jimmy speaks to what he knows best and has apparently lived. This looks like an artist who will continue to grow and expand his craft. And while he's doing that, I'll leave you with the words of the gonzo-rocker Captain Beefheart: "Hit that long lunar note and let it float".

Reviewer Greg 'Bluesdog' Szalony is from the New Jersey Delta. He is the proprietor of Bluesdog's Doghouse at

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