It seems to me that more modern, electric Blues is making a bit of a resurgence, at least in terms of what I’ve been getting lately to review. The latest offering to come my way is Tommy McCoy’s ‘Late In The Lonely Night’. Tommy has played with the great Levon Helm, as well as Double Trouble’s rhythm section, among others. It’s easy to see why he’s done so well.
With twelve tracks overall and ten that are original compositions there is a lot to like about Tommy’s seventh CD. Full of great guitar work, and really solid compliments throughout using the B3, sax, harp, and rhythm each track sounds tight.
I really like the boogie-woogie feel to “Never Shoulda Listened”. While the guitar feels like the Blues, the rest of the duet with Karyn Denham has a real swing to it. “Cars, Bars and Guitars” definitely comes across as one mans life set to music. Even if you haven’t blown it all on the same things we’ve all been to the point where we really needed that next check to get by. Tommy seems to have a talent for writing music that anybody can relate to. “My Guitar Won’t Play Nothin’ But The Blues’ lets Tommy’s skills shine with some really tasty licks.
While Tommy may be better known to people for his recent releases in Americana, this CD shows that his roots in the Blues are solid, and that he’s not a pretender. The original songs are very well written with witty lyrics that should get a few chuckles, especially when you listen to “Dance Your Pants Off”. It’s an enjoyable CD worth checking out.