Bluestem Ames, Live Music Venue

Alastair Greene Band

Location: Bluestem
Doors: 730 Show: 8PM – 11PM
Price: Adult: $15 Student: $12
Press quotes:

“This is a powerful trio of musicians that pack a lot of punch in their music! Greene tours with Alan Parsons as his guitar player. He is the real deal and this CD proves it even more!” -Blues Blast Magazine

“Alastair Greene refuses to retread blues clichés in his lyrics, he writes gripping songs with immaculately sparse arrangements and he makes every note count.”-Blues Biscuits

“Imagine a meld of Cream, Johnny Winter, The North Mississippi Allstars, Jimi Hendrix and Santana, and you will have some idea of the music laid down by the Alastair Greene Band, surely one of the finest blues-rock bands on the scene today.” -Blues In Britain

“A major talent in the blues-rock category” – Blues Music Magazine

A lot of listeners outside of southern California may not be familiar with guitarist Alastair Greene. Fans of the progressive rocker Alan Parsons will recognize Greene, who has been a member of Parson’s band for four years. On his first major release, Greene quickly proves that there is plenty of room for blues influences in his artistic vision.

People” starts things off with Greene’s soaring slide guitar licks riding the grinding rhythm supplied by Jim Rankin on bass and Austin Beede on drums. The title track kicks with a vengeance while ringing guitar chords give “First Born Son” a concert anthem feel. Greene plays some chopped chords that lead into an enthralling solo on “Pretty Price To Pay”.

Several tracks utilize standard boogie riffs with the leader ripping through a slide solo on “Back Where I Belong,” then delivering another compelling solo without the slide. ZZ Top fans will recognize the groove on “Last Train Around The Sun,” featuring one of Greene’s best vocal performances. Switching to acoustic National steel guitar on “Red Wine Woman,” Greene aptly demonstrates the depth of his understanding of the blues traditions.

Love You So Bad” is a frantic rocker complete with another familiar riff leading into blistering guitar work. Things quiet down on the lone ballad, “Calling For You,” with melodic guitar over Erik Norlander’s lush organ accompaniment. Greene’s energetic vocal sparks the Hendrix-influenced “Make The Devil Pay.” Another high point occurs on “Strange Feeling,” with Greene giving voice to suspicions that love has turned cold.

The closing tune, “The Sweetest Honey,” updates the back-door man theme, with the sheriff’s wife at the root of the problems. Greene gives one final gutty performance just as spirited as everything else on this excellent disc, marking the guitarist as a major talent in the blues-rock category.