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Tom Killner

Live

Review by Gary Hill

Classic rock and blues are the order of business here. These guys do such a great job of revisiting this music. They cover folks from actual blues artists to Jimi Hendrix, The Band, The Allman Brothers and even Stevie Wonder. Everything is delivered with passion and fire. This is such a great release.

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Track by Track Review
Like It This Way
After an opening introduction the band powers out to this cool blues meets rock and roll stomper. The guitar soloing on this is screaming hot. The whole tune is packed with energy and cool.
King Bee
A Muddy Waters tune, these guys deliver this with fire and passion. It's a bit like Led Zeppelin mixed with George Thorogood in some ways.
Ain't No Rest for the Wicked
This is no frills, but is has a nice balance between powered up and dropped back sections. This is another smoking hot blues rocker that works really well.
Have You Ever Loved a Woman

Piano leads this out here. It turns out to a fairly traditional electric blues jam that calls to mind B.B. King. The guitar soloing on this is particularly exceptional. Given the competition, that says a lot.

Higher Ground
Funk shows up in this powerhouse number. I've always liked this cut. You can make out some hints of the Stevie Wonder original, but overall they turn this out into another smoking hot rocker. There is an audience sing-along built into this, too.
Cocaine Blues
A mellower, more old-school styled blues tune, this is great. It's also a solid bit of variety.
Crosstown Traffic

Here we get a killer live rendition of Hendrix classic. This is just so tasty.

Soulshine

This isn't a huge surprise, but rather another killer blues rocker.

Whipping Post
They turn in a killer rendition of this Allman Brothers classic. It's purely inspired.
The Weight
This cover of The Band seems fairly faithful, too. That really shows the range of this band. I love this cut as performed here. It's just so classy.
Foxy Lady
We're back into Jimi Hendrix territory here. Again we're treated to some seriously fiery music here. This is a killer. The cut serves as opportunity to introduce the musicians and give them a chance to shine.
With a Little Help from My Friends

This old chestnut gets a killer rendition, too. You just can't beat this band covering these things. They just nail each and every one of them.

 
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