It's hard for me to put my finger on exactly what to call this CD. Reality is.. it's good. Good what?, you ask. Real good would be a start. Terry's style is..well, a lot of styles, you can't call it one thing. Sure it's blues, but with the influence of, New Orleans, early rock & roll, R&B, southern soul, jazz and a lot of experience from the road too. Terry may not be a household name in your neighborhood, but you have probably heard him playing sax on a tune you know or he has played with someone you know. He was on the road with Elvin Bishop for 10 years, he has been in this biz for more than 30 years.
I Keep On Holdin' On has a wide range of music, the title track has a real smooth Memphis style soul sound. "Cryin' Fool" is a slow ballad with Terry singing out front. "Is it True" is a jazzy slow groover, "Itchy Twichy" is a jazzy jumper with an old time big band sound. "I Don't Love You No more", "Hard as You Can" and "Where's My Baby" have that early R&B / Rock & Roll sound, and that's a good sound. "You Could Have Let Me Go" & "Whatcha Gonna Do" are the real deal .serious blues. "One Horse Town" has that "good time partying" Junior Walker feel. "Flatfoot Sam" will take you back to the 50s, with that Fats Domino sound. There is one live track on this one too, "Travelin' Mood", it's a "Narlins" style tune, it was recorded live at the 2000 Monterey Blues Festival.
Terry has that powerhouse ability like a Junior Walker, he doesn't just play his sax, he leads and drives much of his music, he also wrote a half dozen of the songs on this CD. There are also some very talented people backing him up on this Cd . Terry is not just a sax player, his vocals are well done, smooth with just enough rough edge to fit into the blues. Sometimes his singing and style reminds me of Delbert McClinton, especially on "She Ain't Coming Back", just good soulful style.
Terry spends alot of his time on the West Coast, I hope he will come visit the Midwest soon. If you enjoy good sax, you will like this one.
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