Review: Greg Nagy – Stranded

Posted on: Sunday, Mar 22, 2015

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Greg Nagy – Stranded

(Big O Records 2421)

As the notes tell us, this is the sound of a marriage breaking up after 24 years: brooding on the opening moody rocker ‘Stranded’, desolate, as on ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’, a little similar to Bobby Bland’s early 70s rendition, or thoughtful, melancholic and ultimately redemptive as on ‘I Won’t Give Up’.

Michigan based Greg made his solo recording debut in 2008 after working with the acclaimed Root Doctor. His singing is soulful and reflective throughout this album, whilst his guitar work is economical and always effective. He works mainly in blues and soul styles here. ‘Long Way To Memphis’ rides a tough blues riff, and ‘Still Doing Fine’ has a strong southern groove and positive feel – nice guitar break too.

‘Been Such A Long Time’ shows a fine funky approach, with an excellent vocal and another strong guitar break again, whilst ‘Sometimes’ is a little like Little Feat crossed with Freddy King , with guest Zach Zunis providing the meaty guitar work and lyrics that indicate a man getting back on his feet, before this fine set closes out with a gospel flavoured ‘Welcome Home’. Well worth a listen.

NORMAN DARWEN

www.gragnagy.com

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