Review: The Bob Lanza Blues Band – ‘Til The Pain Is Gone

Posted on: Saturday, Feb 15, 2014


The Bob Lanza Blues Band – ‘Til The Pain Is Gone


This is the second album from the New Jersey born and based Bob, in the time honoured manner the course of his career has taken in a number of roads and avenues to create just the right sound that fits him and band; for in his early days he played in Floyd Phillips ‘Mudflaps’ and went on to become the bands leader after the unfortunate demise of Floyd; he also has over the years backed the legendary harmonica maestro James Cotton and Nashville legend Dave Perkins.

The tightly performed mixture of twelve originals and covers presented here by Bob and the band contain an alluring combination of loping and prowling Texas blues, heavily supported by a dense and hard driving Chicago blues backbone, it all slips down rather nicely courtesy of their marvellously ‘greased’ Kansas City swinging feel. Providing this aural treat are; the Reverend Sandy Jorden; bass, David ‘Snakeman’ Runyon; harmonica, Noel Sagerman; drums and last but, by no means least Bob; guitars and lead vocals.

‘I’ll Take Care of You’, has an almost solemn stride that is led by purposeful pounding drum work, whilst a driving and surging  organ soberly backs a solid and meaningful Albert King influenced guitar lead which is sympathetically joined by an impressively emotive harmonica; in fact ‘Snakeman’ who also has benefitted from time spent with the highly influential James Cotton has developed a very naturalistic and expressive style that strangely,  reminds me of  not James Cotton but, more of the equally talented, late and much admired harmonica player Larry Adler, who may not have played the blues but, certainly knew how to make the harmonica pull the emotion filled heartstrings and trust me, Snakeman certainly does just that, especially so, on the seriously footappin’ harmonica led instrumental ‘Snake Byte’, lusty, wheezy contortions wonderfully emerge from Snakeman in conjunction with Bobs lyrical fizzy, jazzy fretwork this is simply joyus music.

The title number is a rocking blues with high rolling, lusty, rinky-dinky piano, alongside this there are  bursting harmonica passages all wrapped up in sweetly screaming guitar barrages that simply hurls you happily along. The slow burning and emotion swirling ‘Outskirts of Town’, again features Bobs sweetly lyrical and emotive fretwork alongside a slowburning and seductive pulsating and sombre organ. ‘Every Night and Every Day’, has a full blown frontal brass intro which determines the onward tramping, traipsing Chicago blues feeling which is helped along by a stirring, surging organ, over the top of this is a solid muscle bound guitar that weaves in and  out with convincing vigour.

The really hot to trot number here is the Jimmy Reed influenced ‘Sugar Sweet’,  a wonderful and deliciously jaunty, jingling pub piano leads this rollicking, rolling rumbling cobweb blasting dance floor shuffler, your granny will certainly like this one!

Highly Recommended!


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