Review: Planet Full Of Blues – Hard Landing

Posted on: Sunday, Jul 6, 2014

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Planet Full Of Blues – Hard Landing

(Blue Beak Records)

Planet Full Of Blues is a three-piece band from Virginia and “Hard Landing” is their second album. As their sound consists of a strong blues-rock approach – tough without the lengthy solos that sometimes entails – what more natural than that they should employ the legendary Jim Gaines as producer? Jim has worked with Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Walter Trout, Luther Allison, Charlie Musselwhite, George Thorogood and many more, and he works his magic on this set.

With drummer Brock Howe and bassist Ron Dameron backing up guitarist and singer Johnny Ray Light, the band rocks out as on the closing instrumental or ‘Felt Like A Tourist’ (which for some reason reminds me of vintage Creedence Clearwater Revival crossed with Status Quo!), comes up with such a fine, double entendre shuffle as ‘Mashed Potatoes & Gravy’, and then gets all soulful on ‘Big Bright Light’.

‘Snake Lady’ has faint echoes of another of Jim Gaines’ former employers, John Lee Hooker, and maybe Tony Joe White too, whilst ‘I Had A Dream’- like all the other tracks, an original composition – is a very fine, moody, slow blues item. Worth checking out…

NORMAN DARWEN

www.planetfullofblues.com

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