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Pat Travers, Blues on Fire
Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra Records, July 31

08/02/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Oldsters can’t help but have tripped once or twice over Pat Travers’s couple of late ’70s/early ’80s hits, namely the straight-up blueser “Snortin’ Whiskey” and the live version of “Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights),” a redo of a Stan Lewis tune. He hasn’t really played to thousands and thousands of eager fans at a shot since those days, but his stubborn following — hello, Guitar Player geeks! — has stuck with him through thin and thinner (he sang a few bars on the Extreme song “Get the Funk Out,” and that’s really about it) (oh, and that “Rock Forever” song with Leslie West in 2001), which is where we find him now, after being taken in by the good folks at Cleopatra Records Mercy Hospital, who are helping out with the logistics of this LP. Very, very typical stuff here — blues with Allman Brothers slide guitar; guitar blues about girlfriends and dogs; guitar blues about ex-girlfriends and trains or whatever — but vocally he’s full-on George Thorogood-vs-Clint Ruin, and at least these are really old covers (from Lonnie Johnson, Son Lewis, and three or four guys whose nicknames were all “Blind), so we’ll count it as a step up from his most recent past living out of trash cans with Carmine Appice doing Zep covers. A —Eric W. Saeger






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