Jackson Sloan & the Rhythmtones – The Shack Sessions

Fév 26th, 2014 | By | Category: Albums, Contemporary artists, Reviews, S
Jackson Sloan - the Shack Sessions

Jackson Sloan – the Shack Sessions

Shellac Records {2013}
Don’t Run Away From My Love – Can’t Find A way – My Chance has Gone – Same Old Suit – Across The Border – I Forgot To remember – Kickin’ Up The Dust – Big talk – Small Town Girl – No No Don’t Do It – Why Don’t You Let Me Know – Ghost Train.

I’m always more than pleased to find a Jackson Sloan album in my mailbox. The Shack Sessions makes no exception, far from that, it’s the singer’s strongest effort to date (Rent Party and Oop Bop Sh’ Bam included) and his deep voice has never sounded so good. Coupled with his ability to write originals (all songs are from his pen) and that’s it, another killer.
It takes a few bars of « Don’t Run Away From My Love« , featuring the Metrotones on B-vox (they appear on three more) and hear Pete Cook (tenor) and Alex Bland (Baritone) trading licks to agree with me. If you don’t you must be dead, or at least lost for good music. Next are two more slices of juicy Rhythm’n’Blues. « Same Old Suit »  features Laura B. (who had a records by herself on El Toro, check it out) on duet. It is followed by « Across the Border » a latin tinged tune with a Fats Domino groove with West Weston on harmonica (who played with Sloan in Rent Party). « I Forgot to Remeber » is a fine ballad, but « Kickin’ Of Dust » changes the pace and rocks with the welcome addition of a steel guitar (more like that on the next album please!). « Small Town Girl » and  « Why Don’t You Let Me Know? » see the horn section augmented by Graeme Turner (Drifters, Big Town Playboys and the list goes on…) on alto and tenor and you’re in for some sax madness. With Sloan, you can be sure that Big Joe Turner is never very far and « Ghost Train » the last and best track of the Shack sessions, propelled by Dave Raven’s slap bass proves it with class.
Go to www.jacksonsloan.com to grab a copy of that little masterpiece.

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