Blues Matters review:


DOG EAT DOG on Gulf Coast


Billy Price made his bones with the legendary Roy Buchanan, singing lead on two albums. Since then he has released 17 albums, either solo or with various bands, and now lands on one of the hottest new labels, Gulf Coast, with his new album. Now I got to take some quiet time to sit and listen to Dog Eat Dog. And I got into the belting R&B of Working On Your Chain Gang. Got blissed out by the soft soul groove of Lose My Number followed by the funky horns and sweet organ of Weíre In Love and that is about the point where the volume went up, my chair got pushed back and the rhythms hit me and I was dad-dancing for all I was worth. Priceís voice is classic soul, frankly if I didnít have his picture in front of my face there are a dozen greats, all black, that I might have mistaken him for. Not that he has a generic or undistinguished voice, au contraire, he has a superb voice. The title track comes on hard and desperate, wonderful harp playing snapping bongos and a monster bass line take it right deep into Curtis Mayfield territory, the rhythm is irresistible and the sheer groove of the track is just so fine. Even there, you havenít heard the best of it. My Love Will Never Die is dark, heartfelt and brimming with passion, All Night Long Cafť has a wonderful funk to it, right outta New Orleans and the dark, city funk of Toxicity just sets you to strutting around the room. Iíve heard some really good albums this year, in many genres and forms, but this is classic soul, played with an awesome sense of the music and way out there ahead of most. Bloody wonderful.