Pat Travers long and illustrious career continues with his latest release, Blues On Fire. He has been producing quality music since the 1970s and shows sign of letting up, if this album is any indication. Featuring covers of blues songs that go back 90 years, he brings the house down one this one. Listeners of Pat Travers’ Blues On Fire are in for a real musical treat. The music on this album is the kind that some might say is so good that they are at a loss for words, but I am going to try nonetheless.
Blues On Fire starts out with tons of attitude on “Black Dog Blues.” When the drum beat kicks in and the guitar flares up, it is magical. It is one of those songs that gets inside you and you cannot help but to move to it. The good tunes keep on rolling on “Nobody's Fault But Mine” followed by “Back Water Blues.” It is the type of song for a dark cloudy day when the rain starts coming down hard. Well, that is the feeling I get from it anyway. “Meat Shakin' Woman” is another gem with some sweet guitar action and a memorable title that should be added to the lexicon. “Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out” is a perfectly relatable song for when you are feeling moody. The amazing music might just pick you back up from whatever is keeping you down.
Starting off the second half of the album, “Bulldozer Blues” is a catchy tune that will have you humming and head bobbing along. “You Can't Get That Stuff No More” is a fun song that I enjoyed because of the playful lyrics that dance around the subject. “Dark Night Blues,” heavier than all the previous songs, is a hard and powerful one. “Jailhouse Blues” keeps the quality hits coming with drums and guitar that just dazzle throughout the entire song. The acoustic guitar on “Death Letter” adds nicely to the atmosphere. It reminds me of Western movies with the lone gunman out for revenge. An old soul wandering the dusty earth and can find no where to rest. It is a fitting final song.
Blues On Fire is the go to album for quality blues songs that straight up rock. I cannot imagine that many, if any, people will be disappointed with this release. If you are into blues and rock or just a fan of Pat Travers, then you will want to get your hands on this.
Key Tracks: Black Dog Blues, Back Water Blues, You Can’t Get That Stuff No More, Dark Night Blues,
Brian McKinnon – Sr. MuzikReviews.com Staff
August 13, 2012