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Wes Jeans - Live At Music City Texas

Music City Texas

Spending your 28th birthday recording a live album isn't too bad a deal. And when the concert sells out at the Music City Texas Theater, then the goal is further realized.

Wes Jeans had some good company. With bassist Syd Hydro, drummer Jack Miller and good buddy Lance Lopez on second guitar, there is enough high voltage riffage on this disk to bring down the roof.

This isn't so much a blues cd but arena-styled rock that would have went down well in the seventies. There's the black thunder stomp of "Locked Outa Love" which shuffles like a Texas Twister. And though the tempo is slow, Eddie Boyd's "Five Long Years" is a blues burner filtered through a Stevie Ray funnel.

For fans of Hendrix, Vaughan and ZZ Top, owning this is a must. The band's take on "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings" rivals the studio version found on Fandango.

You know you're in for a scary rollercoaster ride when the CD opens with the Jeans/Lopez collaboration "Forrest Of The Pine." It's heavy metal wrapped in a blues hook. And Johnny Winter's "Dallas" morphs and twists into guitar effects Hendrix fashion plodding along like Bigfoot.

Lopez has his moments in the spotlight as he viciously growls his way through his own "El Paso Sugar." This is ZZ Top styled rock built around a nice riff with lyrics raging of smut and sleaze.

Jeans' instrumental "Boomerang" sounds like the best outtake from Electric Ladyland. Final cut "Champagne and Reefer" may not fit author Muddy Water's expectations. Of course it's blues rock. How can you ignore it though? And Muddy has to love the fact obscure songs from his catalog are given a swift kick in the butt.

If you need a wake-up call to get you out of bed, this CD of Wes Jeans will give you a whole new way of looking at the day.

Review by Gary “Wingman” Weeks.

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