Review: Jon Zeeman – Down On My Luck

Posted on: Monday, Sep 9, 2013

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Jon Zeeman – Down On My Luck

(Membrane)

This CD marks Jon’s debut as a singer, and he’s OK – he gets by, without doing anything too memorable. The same can certainly not be said about his guitar playing, which is stupendous! If you’re looking for a blues-rock guitar feast, you’re in the right place. The eleven songs are all originals, with the exception of  “I Love Everybody”, penned by Johnny Winter, which is no coincidence, I suspect.

Jon’s playing has plenty of the same kind of raw energy as Mr. Winter’s and there are flashes of Jimi Hendrix too, with strong echoes of BB or Freddie King in a couple of places, and some influence from Eric Clapton. Jon grew up outside New York City, and it is no surprise to learn that his guitar talents have been called upon by the likes of Susan Tedeschi and The Allman Brothers.

As I say singing-wise, he is OK – which in this genre is certainly enough to get by when your guitar chops are as accomplished as this.

NORMAN DARWEN

www.membranerecords.com

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