|Richard Studholme: "......zoned" (Great Britain 2005)|
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2) Please Please Please
3) You Can't Catch Me
5) Rain Down Tears
6) Bar Room Life
8) Paycheck To Paycheck
9) Havana Moon
10) 47 Pontiac
11) Strange Affair
12) Latenite Part 2
Quoted from the U.K. 'Blues In Britain'
(formerly 'Blueprint') magazine
The man himself has hardly been prolific though, to this set of originals and covers is extremely welcome. As befits the label name, on first listening it is the immaculate guitar tone that impresses, totally appropriate for whatever the song demands. Appreciation for the conciseness of the playing comes in its wake, as does being impressed by the fine unaccented vocals and admiration for the songwriting and choice of covers, including a couple of less obvious Chuck Berry numbers.
Though there is a fluctuating personnel throughout, Studholme is backed by such long-time associates as bassist Andy Pyle and drummer Steve Thorneycroft; however, some measure of the esteem in which Richard is held can be gauged from the guests he attracts, including slide guitar maestro Roger Hubbard, harpman Steve Weston, Ian Jennings on bass and Hammond organist Bruce Katz. As I hope is clear, it is only what Studholme deserves. He also deserves a lot - and I mean a lot - of credit for such a well-crafted album as this.