Review: Ricky Gene Hall and the Goods – Bam!

Posted on: Wednesday, Mar 18, 2009




(Yard Dawg Records)

Originally hailing from Pikeville, Kentucky, but now based in Ohio, guitarist and vocalist Ricky Gene Hall, has released “Bam!”, a fine blend of funky, rock-tinged blues – highlighting his spiky guitar work and appealing vocals, accompanied by The Goods, the stellar rhythm section of Tom Martin (bass guitar, harmony vocals) and Rocky Evans (drums, percussion and harmony vocals).

The twelve cuts on offer, on this follow up to the trio’s 2007 self-titled debut, features nine original compositions – the three covers being Jerry Reed’s “Amos Moses”, with some hot slide work; the great Delbert McClinton’s “Read Me My Rights”, a great piece of country-flavoured funky blues from a master; and Huey Lewis’s strutting “Bad Is Bad” from his early Eighties heydays.

The album kicks off with the funky groove of “Way I Feel”, with Hall’s tasty leads and the punchy rhythm section driving the song along. The title cut “Bam!” is a driving shuffle; with the loping “Real Fine Woman” recalling early ZZ Top – it has that lowdown feel that Mr. Gibbons and boys mastered. “Just My Luck” has a Deep South swampy feel – probably only missing an accordion for full authenticity!

“This Old Guitar” takes the pace down, a country-tinged ballad telling of the guitar surviving various trials and tribulations, like real life; the gospel-flavoured “Revelation Radio” has a somewhat “Hallelujah I Love Her So” feel to it and is very nice indeed. The jazzy slow blues of “Blues Leave Me, Too” closes the album – some fine guitar again here and expressive vocal performance from Ricky Gene Hall – one of the standout cuts in a most enjoyable release.


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