Bring On The Blues
by Tony Engelhart
Review date: September 2003
"Keeping the Blues Alive Award"|
Achievement for Blues on the Internet
Presented by The Blues Foundation
Don't let the cowboy getup fool you. While Corey Stevens plays a style of blues that interjects a country flavor, he's a blues player first and foremost. Early on, Stevens was compared to Stevie Ray Vaughn for his Texas style fret work and rightfully so. He began his recording career as Corey Stevens and the Texas Flood which only added to the resemblance of Stevens to Stevie. However, despite the comparisons, Corey Stevens is blazing his own trail and his latest, Bring On The Blues, is a testament to this.
The classically trained guitarist pulls no punched on his forth album and Stevens debut for Fuel 2000 is in your face from track one. The heavy rockin' and guitar driven track "Lonesome Road Blues" opens the disc with a bang. While Stevie Ray was clearly a major inspiration on Corey, he is careful not to plagiarize the legendary axe man. "Triple Jack" has a 1970's Lynyrd Skynyrd "Saturday Night Special" quality whereas "My Love For You Has Died" goes back to the Delta with Stevens on acoustic dobro. Corey's riffs are sharp and clean as he takes the listener on a ride with the straight ahead shuffle "My Blues Are Turning Red".
There is no filler on Bring On The Blues as Corey Stevens experiments with many diverse genres of music and neatly ties them into his own unique style.
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