|The Sean Chambers Band - 'Live From The Long Island Blues Warehouse' (Blue Heat Records)|
|Written by Russ P|
|Sunday, 11 December 2011 05:05|
Strat-scorching Floridian bluesman Sean Chambers puts in a more than respectable performance on this live disc. In the words of Gil Scott-Heron "there are at least 500 shades of the blues...the I ain't got no dough blues, the I ain't got no woman blues and the I ain't got me no money and I ain't got me no woman - which is the double blues." Let me add to Mr Scott-Heron's list with the Stevie Ray Vaughan blues of which Sean Chambers is one such practitioner.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was so influential and refreshing that even more than twenty years after his death it's impossible for many bluesmen to escape his shadow. Chambers owes much of his guitar and vocal style to Stevie Ray Vaughan as can be heard on the funky 'Strong Temptation'. But dig a little deeper and you'll hear that this sounds as much like Hendrix as Stevie Ray. And the more you listen to Sean the more you start hearing a rocky Ron Young quality to his voice or a Gary Moore influence to his playing on the 'Parisienne Walkways' like vibe of 'Full Moon On Main Street'. And it's 'Full Moon On Main Street' which sets itself apart from the rest of the material on this record, which, on the whole, is pretty standard blues fare.
But amongst that standard fare there are a couple of evergreens like the Delta blues of 'Dust My Broom' where Sean shows off his bottleneck skills. It has been well covered over the years by everyone from Howling Wolf and Elmore James to Jeff Healey and Gary Moore but Sean's version is a good one.
Sean's a very respectable talent both as a guitar player and a singer but it's hard to catch up with, let alone surpass, such gods as Jeff Healey, Gary Moore and Stevie Ray Vaughan, but let's just enjoy the chase in the meantime.