Review: Joe Pitts – Ten Shades Of Blue

Posted on: Sunday, Feb 27, 2011

Joe Pitts CD Cover

Joe Pitts
“Ten Shades Of Blue”
(Kijam Records 091410MI)

The guitar style of singer/guitarist Joe Pitts has been likened to that of Duane Allman and Walter Trout. He also includes among his many influences Jeff Beck and Roy Buchanan.

On Ten Shades Of Blue, backing is provided by Jimmy Lynn on bass guitar, a selection of three drummers (George Mitchell on five tracks, Lance Womack on three and Jahleel Eli on one) and appearances by Robert ‘Frisbee’ Coleman on Hammomd organ, Terry Bradley on slide guitar, Gary Getts on harmonica and ‘Chicken’ James Dorris on piano.

The album opens with the gently rocking “Breaking Up Somebody’s Home”, with shades of Albert King, followed by Muddy Waters’s “Crosseyed Cat”, which boasts the first helping of harp. Walter Trout’s “Clouds On The Horizon” and Luther Allison’s “Pains In The Street” both deliver healthy doses of tasty guitar work while the slow blues, “Freedom From My Demons”, is expertly played, with a suitably roughened edge to the vocals.

The influence of Albert Collins is clear on “Put The Shoe On The Other Foot” before “I’m Worried” is bathed in the unmistakeable rhythm of its co-composer, Elmore James. AD Prestage’s “No Stranger To The Blues” is another slow blues, which leads onto John Mayall’s “Walking On Sunset”, which features the slide guitar of Terry Bradley. The closing track is a fine rendition of Peter Green’s “The World Keeps On Turning”.

Whilst there is an absence of any original compositions, each of the ten covers is well performed and there is an abundance of splendid guitar playing from the man from Arkansas.

Joe Pitts Website

Lionel Ross

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