Thursday, April 26, 2012
I Heard An Ex-Rumour: Bob Andrews & His Fantastic New Album
Maybe you know this and maybe you don't but, keyboardist Bob Andrews, formerly of Brinsley Schwarz and Graham Parker & The Rumour has been living and playing in New Orleans since 1992. To be honest, I only found this out in 2005, when I happened to be in New Orleans attending an Elvis Costello & the Imposters show at the House Of Blues. There, at the piano for a few encores, was Mr. Bob Andrews. Great show, from what I recall. Andrews has a regular gig on Wednesday nights at an Uptown New Orleans bar called Dos Jefes, playing New Orleans Piano, which is also the name of his website. But that's not why I am here.
My obsession with New Orleans, especially around this time of year, finds me surfing the web a bit more maniacally, as I try to find new music and any info about these great New Orleans musicians I love so much. There is always a flurry of releases right before Jazz Fest, as artists kick things up a notch so that their records can be available at the Fairgrounds during the Fest. This is how I found "Shotgun," the new, brilliant release from Bob Andrews, which features among others, the great Alex McMurray on guitar, whose "How To Be A Cannonball" was one of my favorite records of 2009, Cornell Williams of Jon Cleary's Absolute Gentlemen on bass, and Johnny Sansone on harmonica, whose "The Lord Is Waiting & The Devil Is Too," was a favorite of 2011.
"Shotgun" the CD, is based upon "Shotgun" the book. You can read a bit about that HERE. "Shotgun" the CD is a 40 minute, swamp and roll romp that captures the pub rock vibe of both of Andrews' places of dwelling, London and New Orleans.
The title track kicks thing off nicely with a Brinsley Schwarz groove, which then falls comfortably into a bit of funk on "Man In The Man Position." I've highlighted Jon Cleary on these pages a number of times, but rarely if ever, have I given props to Cornell Williams. One listen to the latter, and you'll see why I should have a long time ago. "Black Alligators" has a dirty little groove that is more New Orleans than Leeds, thanks to the soulful sound of Sansone's harp, while "Local Lover" & "Hit Me With A Bus" both sound like long-lost Nick Lowe tracks. There are no bad songs on this record.
There's an Amazon Download for $8.99 HERE.
Hard copies can be found, along with some more great New Orleans releases at www.louisianamusicfactory.com.
This is a good ol' good one!
Sal Nunziato at 4:33 AM