Alastair Greene Live from the 805 Review by Scott Thomas
Hot on the heels of Alastair Greene’s critically acclaimed 2017 release Dream Train comes his powerful new album, Live from the 805. Recorded in front of a sold-out hometown crowd in Santa Barbara, California, this album celebrates 20 years of Greene's Blues Rock power trio with 20 tracks, including original songs drawn from all 5 of his studio records as well as a few choice covers. Alastair Greene has been hailed as one of the best Blues Rock guitarists of his generation with his band drawing comparisons to Gov’t Mule, ZZ Top, and Cream. Live From
The 805 will appeal to fans of Rockin’ Blues, Southern Rock, Jam Bands, and more. Courtesy https://www.agsongs.com/
Alastair Greene - Live from the 805 - Music Review
Alastair Greene - Guitar, Vocals;
Jim Rankin - Bass, Backing Vocals;
Austin Beede - Drums
I have known of Alastair Greene and his hot blues rock guitar music going on several years now and let me tell ya... His music just keeps getting better and better with each new outing. If you don't know of Alastair; his new live album will give you the best representation what all the talk is about.
The first song "The Sweetest Honey" comes out swinging. The tune definitely has that "Cream - Crossroads" vibe on steroids. This band is a tight Blues Rock power trio. The band has dynamic percussion's, really good bottom end with the bass and sizzling guitar playing in the style of Clapton, Bonamassa and Warren Haynes.
“Big Bad Wolf” is pretty cool... I like the way Alastair's use of the rhythmic guitar phrasing along with the verses of the song. John Lee Hooker and George Thorogood come to mind. Alastair can make that guitar talk as well as sing.
The third song out of the gate is the tune "Trouble at Your Door” has that killer choppy and percussive rhythm guitar sound and shows that Alastair can really sing. He knows how to create a great hook for rock friendly radio stations. The middle section sounds really groovy and off he goes on some great lead soloing all the while building great steam for the turn around with his blazing guitar licks.
What I like about this album is the way it was recorded. You can hear all the instruments crystal clear. Alastair takes from his bags of tricks... He writes using rock and roll rhythms, enticing back-beats and cadences, hooks, vamps, boogies, kick ass rockin’ riffs, and dazzling slide-guitar playing.
The rest of this (2-CD set) shows Alastair Greene is an excellent guitarist with a voice that works well for his blues rock music. This album showcases some other great tunes like"Dream Train", "Last Train Around the Sun" and "Walking In Circle".
Shot Across The Bow: If you like bands like Gov't Mule, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clarke Jr., ZZ Top, Cream, and or the Allman Brothers Band, then look no further because you have found your diamond in the rough.