Review: Alex McKown – Go With The Flow

Posted on: Thursday, Jan 16, 2014

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Alex McKown – Go With The Flow

(Arnside Records)

Alex McKown, although still only 17, is climbing the career ladder. Hailing from Derbyshire, this young man has been nominated in the British Blues Awards for the past three years. He has also been taken under the wing of Texas blues man Hamilton Loomis as his mentor.

Alex’s new CD, ‘Go With The Flow’, is due for release in early February and will be available via his website.

The album was recorded and produced by Andy Banfield on Arnside Records. The band on the album is made up of Alex McKown – guitar/vocals, Lee Buckle – bass, Simon Peat – tenor/alto sax, Martin Schofield – drums/percussion, Joel White – Hammond/Rhodes, with guest Hamilton Loomis – guitar (‘Release Me’).

The first track on the album ‘Out Of My Life’ is a funky number with some great sax and Hammond input. Alex shows his expertise on the guitar, so all in all a good opening track. The next track ‘Ruin What We’re Doin’ also has the ‘funky’ feel with great use of the funky rhythms.

The next track ‘Release Me’, with guest Hamilton Loomis on guitar, is an up tempo rockin’ number, with nice use of keys and class guitar solos. The fourth track, ‘Go With The Flow’ has a bit of a Lou Reed sound. Some lovely guitar work from Alex and some super sultry sax.

‘Life On The Line’, moves back into the funk and Alex’s guitar solo is seamless. The next track ‘Paint That Picture’ brings an acoustic influence into the track with over laid electric input, which works well.

More funky stuff with ‘Gone So Long’, certainly in the ‘groove’. Great brass input, with that super sax again and nice funky guitar work. Into a classic rock number ‘Morning Light’, with accomplished guitar playing from Alex with great use of his wah-wah pedal.

‘Finding Me’ gives a rocky, bluesy acoustic track, with just Alex playing and singing, very different to the final track on the album, which is probably my favourite, ‘Superfly’. Although no vocals on this one, it gives an opportunity for all the musicians to do their ‘thang’ and they do it in style!

A well put together album, with class musicianship. Alex’s voice has yet to mature to give full impact to his work, but this young man can certainly handle a guitar, so I wish him well for the future.

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive

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