Review: Jim Gustin and Truth Jones: Can’t Shed A Tear

Posted on: Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013


Jim Gustin and Truth Jones

(Independent release)

This is the debut set from Southern California’s Christian singer/ guitarist/ songwriter Jim Gustin; it features the excellent Texas singer and piano player Teresa James on four tracks and some may recognise the name of keyboards player John “Rabbit” Bundrick (I do recall him playing with Free many years ago). The album was produced by Terry Wilson who has worked in a similar role for his wife – Teresa James – as well as Eric Burdon, Ana Popovic, Paul Kossoff (Terry used to play bass for Back Street Crawler) and others, so there is a lot of experience here.

This is not a blues set in itself, but these kind of connections certainly mean it should interest some readers. Those who do investigate will find a rootsy musical mix of blues, rock and country, from the big Tom Petty-esque approach of ‘You Answer Me’ to the slinky New Orleans inflected ‘My Baby Just Left Me Again’ or the vaguely Etta James-styled R& B ballad of ‘What Do You See In Me?’ the throbbing, sultry blues-rock of ‘If God Made Something Better’.


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