Review: Trevor Sewell – Hollow

Posted on: Saturday, Oct 10, 2015

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Review for TREVOR SEWELL – CD – ‘Hollow’ – 2015 http://www.trevorsewell.com/ Self Release

Trevor Sewell hails from the North East of the UK, but has also spent time playing and recording in the US. His current album ‘Hollow’ was recorded in both the UK and America.

With Trevor on vocals, guitars, bass, mandolin, harmonica, keys, he was ably supported in the UK by Trevor Brewis on drums and percussion, Anthony McNally on fiddle and Franky Gibbon on bass and piano. With US involvement from Paul Barrere on slide guitar, Linda Chorney and Mia Moravis on backing vocals and Brooke Nickerson as featured vocalist. All the tracks were written, arranged and produced by Trevor Sewell.

The first track and the name sake on this exciting album, ‘Hollow’ – Pt1′, has a great guitar opener with African drums, a constant rhythmic bass line, strings and banjo, that gives an Afro /Cajun feel. Trevor has a fantastic voice, with shades of Chris Rea and the rustic backing vocals add to the amazing sound.

Following, ‘Shaky Ground’ , leans towards country blues, an excellent take with class vocals yet again. Another country blues with ‘What You Say’ has some great slide guitar.

The next track and one of my favourites, ‘Small Change’, has acoustic 12 string guitar and great harp, shades of Zeppelin spring to mind. It is a great stompin’ blues with drums keeping the constant. ‘Long As I Can Breathe’ brings in the mandolin giving us a slow country stomp with some excellent lyrics.

A change to a rocky blues with ‘Ain’t That The Truth’. Superb tight drumming on this track with some earthy, raw guitar. This leads into ‘Too Little Too Late’ where Trevor joins forces with Brooke Nickerson for a fantastic duet on this lovely lyrical Americana number.

Shades of the Wolf on the next swinging blues number, ‘So Tired’. A great track with super slide, brass and honky tonk piano. The penultimate track ‘All I Need Is The Truth’ has a 60’s rolling rock feel. The final track ‘Hollow’ – Pt2 is the un-worked take of the first track on this exceptional album.

Trevor Sewell goes from strength to strength with his writing and exceptional performances. He is a multi award winner in the US and has been nominated for blues awards on many occasions in the UK and deservedly so. It is good to hear music with a fresh approach to the blues and this album certainly has that. He has a fantastic voice and as a multi instrumentalist and producer, he has made this album something special. Much enjoyed and an excellent from me.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive

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