Review: Sterling Koch – Let It Slide

Posted on: Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Sterling Koch – Let It Slide

(Full Force Music: FFM 118)

Do you like Hound Dog Taylor? Elmore James? Johnny Winter’s supercharged slide guitar riffs? If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, get this album! It contains a strong mixture of originals and borrowings from Elmore, K.C. Douglas, Marc Benno and Rick Vito on this set, with Sterling’s raw, wailing guitar work right out in front of a cooking little rhythm section – Sterling plays lap steel as a result of a neck injury he sustained in 2004, and this is his fifth album in this style.

It’s not quite all full throttle – or even full-force – though, as the moody, keening instrumental ‘Lonely Avenue’ slow the pace to a thoughtful meander and shows there is far more to him than a flat-out approach. He has been mentored by Calvin Cooke of The Slide Brothers (and also mentor to Robert Randolph) and is an associate of Freddie Roulette – so he is in good company. Mind you, it really doesn’t matter to me as long as he keeps making glorious broom-dusting barnstormers like ‘My Baby’s Hot’ – the kind of blues number I can listen to all day…


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