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Kirk Fletcher

My Blues Pathway

Review by Gary Hill

I have to say, if you like blues guitar music, you can't argue with this album. This is the real deal. At times it calls to mind artists from Robert Cray to Buddy Guy. It's always interesting, authentic in sound and entertaining. This is a disc that works from start to finish, never feeling tired or redundant.

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Track by Track Review
Ain't No Cure for the Downhearted
Bass starts this, but the guitar quickly enters. As this gets underway, I'm reminded to a large degree of Robert Cray. There is a funky edge to this cut. It's a strong number that is packed with emotion and style. The guitar solo on this is so classy.
No Place to Go
I dig this slower moving piece. The horns bring something special to it. The organ lends a cool retro flair. Of course, the whole cut oozes cool blues charm.
Love is More Than a Word
I dig the classy retro groove on this slow blues tune. The organ and horns are again solid features of the piece. This is not a big change, but it works really well.
Struggle for Grace
I love the guitar work and guitar sound on this killer song. The track is one of the highlights of the disc. I'm reminded of guys like Robert Cray and Buddy Guy both on this.
I'd Rather Fight Than Switch

The groove on this is so much fun. The sound is so classic.

Heart so Heavy
Guitar blues of the highest order is on the menu here. I love everything about this piece. The guitar in particular shines.
Fattening Frogs for Snakes
This is another classy blues cut that really rocks. The guitar is on fire, but the whole groove is magic.
Place in This World
I'm reminded to a large degree of Robert Cray on this powerhouse song. The organ lends more of that retro style.
D Is For Denny
There is more of a rocking sound to this. In fact, it feels like something that could have come out of the early part of the British Invasion to me. The horns are a nice touch. This instrumental is a lot of fun.
Life Gave Me a Dirty Deal
Down home, front porch blues is on display as acoustic guitar and harmonica paint the soundscape of this song. I like this number, and the variety is presents. I'm just not sure that this was the best position for it on the album. I think this cut, and "D Is For Denny" might have been better placed earlier in the track-list.
 
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