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Eric Culberson
"No Rules To The Game"
King Snake Records KS046
53 minutes, 13 tracks
by Ray Stiles
Who is Eric Culberson? I had heard the name before but never the music. What I found after listening to his second King Snake CD was very impressive. Even though he is in his mid-twenties this young blues man from Savannah, Georgia, sings and plays guitar like an old pro. Drawing on the influences of Freddie and Albert King, Culberson has developed a style that is based on that tradition yet has a totally fresh and energetic sound. He has a piercing, direct guitar style played with some real depth, feeling and fire and both his playing and singing has a definite maturity about them. His vocals are strong and confident and his song writing is not too shabby either with 11 original songs out of the 13 cuts. The material on this CD featurs a variety of slower and faster paced songs and even some fine slide guitar that sounds like it was recorded in the 1950's ("I Promised Myself I Wouldn't Drink No More"). There was also a nice acoustic version of the Muddy Waterís song, "King Bee." If you havenít heard of this young talent I suggest you check out this CD. Fans of Tinsley Ellis are sure to like this recording.

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