REVIEW OF THE MONTH!!!
Blue Notes and Conversations 2024By - John Muller
Brad " Guitar" Wilson - Buckle Up - 2024 - Produced and Mixed by Francis Buckley
The return of Brad " Guitar" Wilson to the music scene is always a cause for celebration.
This charismatic , California-based guitar slinger , songwriter and vocalist always surprises audiences with his inexhaustible catalog of remarkable originals and refreshing,innovative interpretations.
He isn't content to perform the " same old , same old" to his loyal fans world-wide , instead , always ready to become that smokin' hot blues player, but a musical chameleon full of surprises at any given moment.
His influences are a mixed bag of blues and rock : B B King , Muddy , Albert King , John Lee Hooker and Freddie King ; Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and even Robin Trower . If there was a "Dr. Who" of the music world Brad would be the man. His music does , indeed , transcend time and space . Not content to simply stay in one place musically , Brad is thrilled to kick down doors , break down barriers , and tear down categories.
Brad "Guitar" Wilson is not someone who can easily be boxed in as one particular genre since his emotionally-charged songwriting , his powerful guitar work , and his soulful vocals cut across generations of music.
"Brad "Guitar" Wilson" , released in 2022 , climbed to the #1 album in the USA on the Roots Music Reports Blues Rock chart . The album also charted in the most played radio albums in the UK and Australia.
"I have learned that music has a lot of importance in people's lives. So much of today is about short term and disposable . Not many people care about musicians or music . It is becoming an art form that is fading away . It is not possible for anyone from the record companies to radio shows to promoters to bands to earn enough money to live on . The only musicians that make money are the ones producing music for corporations that use it in TV , movies and commercials . The US government does little to protect copyrights or help content owners get money from streaming services. Everyone just file shares the music and thinks the music is free including websites that openly sell the music and keep everything. Noone cares." ( Michael Limnios Blues Network - June 15,2023 - Q and A with guitarist/singer Brad " Guitar" Wilson).
Brad "Guitar" Wilson is back so " Buckle Up " and get ready for one hell of a ride and a guaranteed good time! California-based guitarist , singer , composer , can certainly tear the roof off with the best of them . He is known for his fiery , high-octane performances and charismatic demeanor which draws fans worldwide . On "Buckle Up" we are gifted with nine new Wilson original songs and five covers of classic blues songs along with a great song written by Producer Francis Buckley.
Recorded at various studios in the Netherlands , and across California , the musicians play so well together , in as few takes as possible , capturing that brotherhood , that spontaneity , that fire ,emotionally bonding the musicians and the listeners on every track.
Every song is fresh , exciting , and captivating, bringing a new experience to the listener every time. You feel connected to the music , an impactful musical experience.
From the opening track , "Lucille" , featuring the scorching guitar of Brad Wilson , and Chris Rhyne rockin' out on those 88's , a guaranteed footstomper and all-out barnburner ; to heart-wrenching ballads like "Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out" , "My Own Hill To Climb" , and "Sky Full of Rain" , deeply emotional , powerful , and mesmerizing ; the joyful pop of "West Coast Girl" , a radio-ready singalong that will have you reelin' and boppin' along with gleeful enthusiasm ; Brads invigorating take on the well-worn chestnut , "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is more Laurel Canyon than London town , a bit of country-rock haze that is delightfully original;"Born Under A Bad Sign" has more in common with Muscle Shoals than British Cream , a soulful interpretation that is fresh and modern ; "Voodoo Boogie" is Texas boogie that won't give up , ferocious and powerful , unleashed and untamed ; John Lee Hooker is given a well-deserved tribute with "Hoodoo Party" , that classic Hooker boogie beat intertwined with Brads own unique originality as guitarist and songwriter ; " Step By Step" is a bad ass blues rocker that will have you singing along and racing to the nearest dancefloor , the blues harp work electrifying , and the guitar work incredible ; and if that isn't enough for all you music fans out there , the toe-tapping and hip shakin' grooves ; the tear-jerking ballads ; singalongs and all-out blues-rockers ; check out " Hit It" , a funked up , horn-driven throwback to classic 70's soul , drenched with combustible fret work, that will have your ass shakin' and your feet quakin' , taking that special lady in your arms and.........
With Brad's exciting guitar work , and the emotional impact of so many incredible musicians working together; the soulful backing vocals and deeply personal songwriting ; "Buckle Up" works on so many levels . A gift to guitar fans , a HUGE hi-five to blues fans , encouraging younger listeners to explore this wildly creative musical caravan , Brad "Guitar" Wilson has something for everyone.
There is a fresh , innovative energy to Brad's music , emotional bonding with his audience , bringing the fun and good times back to contemporary music . You will find yourself playing these tracks over and over and over again , cranking them up , louder and louder , singing along , having the time of your life . This release is certainly an instant party waiting to happen - just pour yourself a few friends and wait for the shenanigans to begin . Outstanding release that is a pure delight from start to finish.