Sean Chambers - Ten Til Midnight is a
hard-driving blend of blues and Rock n' Roll that was arranged and recorded to
reflect the sound of a live concert, and he succeeded in capturing the live
sound with the exception of the rousing audience applause after each track.
Sean Chambers -
Ten Til Midnight
Ten Til Midnight: Ten
Til Midnight; Blues and Rock ‘n' Roll; All The Kings Horses; You're Gonna Miss
Me; In The Winter Time; Too Much Blues; Make It Go; Brown Sugar; When I Get
Lonely; I Don't Know Why
Sean Chambers: Guitar, Vocals; Paul Broderick: Drums; Tim Blair: Bass; Ben
B3; Robin Bouie: Backup Vocals; Clarence L. Stevenson: Backup Vocals; Gary
Keith: Harmonica; Jack Henriquez: Piano
Sean Chambers - Ten Til Midnight was produced by Sean Chambers and released on Blue Heat Records
an independent record label. Introduced to the guitar at 10 years old, Sean
Chambers found his calling and the blues along with Rock n' Roll became his
life. Feeling his music was his approach as he shunned music lessons and was
self-taught taking his lead from the sounds of the Jimi Hendrix catalogue. His
talent showed through quickly and by 19 he was opening for the likes of B. B.
King, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Johnny Winter.
Ten Til Midnight is Sean's third release (Strong Temptation (1998), Humble
Spirits (2005)), but he wanted this to diverge from his other music, he was
looking to depict the feeling of a live session with the band playing as if
they were at a gig. From the opening riff he succeeded in projecting a live
free flowing sound. Sean wrote 7 of the 10 tracks allowing for only 3 band
favorite covers to be included (Brown
Sugar, All The Kings Horses, and You're Gonna Miss Me).
The release opens with the
title track Ten Til Midnight that blazes from the opening riff
and only cools down to pass the sound to the next track. Sean's guitar work,
praised as being one of the top 50 Blues guitarists of all time, is not about
energy, though he has enough of that, or about speed, it is about rendering a
sound that engages the listener and complements the band members and his
vocals, which are raw and evocative of the music.
The track Blues and Rock ‘n' Roll is driven by a
combination of Sean's guitar and vocals and Gary Keith's scintillating
harmonica. True to the title, this is a captivating meld of blues and Rock n' Roll
that pays homage to the music that bore Sean Chambers. The cover track All The Kings Horses (Luther Allison) was
one of Sean's all-time favorite songs, and his rendering is as powerful and
pointed as that of Luther's live gigs.
Other tracks include You're Gonna Miss Me, a fiery blues
track that kicks in from the opening note; In
The Winter Time is down and dirty blues with sizzling guitar work and
engaging vocals "In the winter time my baby, she keeps me warm;" Make It Go, a rollicking hard-driving
track that captures the musicianship of the band; the cover Brown Sugar (Bill Gibbons) feels like
the band is blowing off steam as they stretch their blues and rock legs to
achieve a powerful adaptation; When I Get
Lonely was written while the band was on the road and was penned in a hotel
room and has become a Sean Chambers standard; and the release closes with the
track I Don't Know Why a number where
the guitar riffs are toned down and the harmonica takes center stage to ride
Sean's compelling vocals "..she left me, she left me, and I don't know why, I
know she's leaving, she'll stay for good, and I will be here lonely like a good
man never should."
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