Review: WT Feaster Band – Juggling Dynamite

Posted on: Saturday, Apr 7, 2012

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(Mystic Records: MYS CD 209)

The WT Feaster Band have begun to make waves on both sides of the ‘pond’ over the last couple of years . . . led by the fiery guitar of WT Feaster – aka Travis Feaster – and capably supported by Austin Shearer (bass), Chris Taylor (drums) and Kevin Anker (Hammond B-3 organ and Wurlitzer). The ten cuts on “Juggling Dynamite” comprise nine orginal songs and just one cover.

The band have just completed a UK tour, including some dates supporting Walter Trout, who has also championed them. They probably drop into the blues/rock category, but their is plenty of variation here to appeal to all. The strutting rocker “The Road Is Mine” kicks things off in fine style, with the band augmented by some lovely lap steel from Gary Burnette.

The title cut, “Juggling Dynamite” has a soulful, funky feel to it, underpinned by Kevin Anker’s keyboards and some very tasteful guitar work from Feaster himself and a smooth, assured vocal. The tempo is raised on the riff-heavy “Nickel Soul”, a co-write with Erick Sims, which leads into a nice, bluesy shuffle, “Found Yourself”, driven along by the rhythm section of Shearer and Taylor.

The sole cover is a rocking take on Bob Marley’s classic “Is This Love”, with fine vocal again from Travis Feaster. The band take a directional swerve again for the lovely ballad “I Can’t Let You Go”, before the heat is taken up with the excellent “Love With A Lie”, with more guitar fireworks from Feaster.

Elsewhere, “Make It Alright” rides on a funky keyboard and bass groove; with the following “Blues Comes Around” in similar territory and shows that the band are not just about rocking out, but have a lot of variation to offer. This most enjoyable album ends with some Texas-inspired ‘roadhouse rocking’ on the blues shuffle of “About Time”, with more fine work from Anker and fluid solo from Travis Feaster.

GRAHAME RHODES

www.wtfeasterband.com

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