Review: Shane Dwight – This House

Posted on: Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014


Shane Dwight – This House

(Eclecto Groove Records: EGRCD515)

Here’s one of those not strictly blues albums that will appeal to fans of the genre, as well as those who also like Americana . . . as the tunes here on this most listenable release ‘crossover’ and have many most appealing features . . . one of which is the easy charm of native Californian Shane Dwight’s voice and delivery, on this 12- track album, “This House”, for which he penned all the songs.

Dwight relocated to Nashville in 2009 to further his musical career, where his reputation as a fine singer and guitarist soon got around. He has shared the stage with illustrious folk such as BB King, Etta James, Jimmie Vaughan, Taj Mahal and more; and also appeared at many festivals, both at home and around the world. Here on his Eclecto Groove debut he is in good company with a top band, including Bekka Bramlett and Kevin McKendree, and long-time John Hiatt associate, Kenneth Blevins.

The music is excellent throughout, with an early standout being the soulful “Fool”, given that edge by Bramlett’s backing vocals and a most tasteful Dwight guitar solo – the opening track is the title cut “This House”, which perfectly illustrates the mood of the record; and it is followed by the funky “We Can Do This”, which rides on some super keyboard work from producer Kevin McKendree.

Bekka Bramlett – daughter of Delaney & Bonnie – takes a superb lead vocal on the achingly lovely country tune “It’s Gonna Be Beautiful”, with some sweeping guitar work; it is immediately followed by the blues shuffle of “Devil’s Noose”, this illustrating the varied offering here – more spiky guitar leads from Dwight and it drives along in fine style, pushed by the rhythm section of Kenneth Blevins (drums) and Steve Mackey (bass).

Elsewhere “Stepping Stone” is a pretty tough rocker, which leads into the great “Never Before”, with a guitar riff and grooves that gets into your head! The out and out blues of “I’m A Bad Man” sees Shane Dwight laying tough some great guitar fills; and the rocking “Bad For You” sees, again, notable contributions from Bekka Bramlett and Kevin McKendree.

A highly recommended release that will appeal to both fans of the blues and more rootsy music – great tunes, very well played and all original!


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