Artist: Jim Singleton
Album: 8 O'clock In The Afternoon
Release Date: 08/10/2015
This is a genuinely cool, ten-track debut from PA-based guitarist Jim Singleton featuring some of his old buddies in support roles and a mighty fine grasp of purpose, pace and variety. Singleton clearly understands the need to move the music along while also retaining a listener’s interest by steadily varying both tempo and pitch.
Kicking off with the wonderful peaen to self-indulgence, Peter Green’s “Rattlesnake Shake,” he rips through two tracks by the late, great Irish blueshound Rory Gallagher – “What’s Going On” and “A Million Miles Away” – and also includes a couple of titles from modern master craftsman Bernie Marsden, (“Place In My Heart” and “Here I Go Again”) who also guests with backing guitar and vocals on the album.
To give a feel for the surprising quality on this first-release, howling Harp is provided by Grammy-winner and simply superb soul-searcher, Charlie Musselwhite, while Australia’s Fiona Boyes provides vocals and fine fretwork along the way. Include Gary Clark Jr.’s thumping “Don’t Owe You A Thang” to the mix, and the overall result is a surprisingly mature debut release positively worth catching.
– Iain Patience