Strange Dreams

Blues-rock guitarist Kim Simmonds has been cutting sides since 1967 with his groundbreaking group Savoy Brown.

Blues-rock guitarist Kim Simmonds has been cutting sides since 1967 with his groundbreaking group Savoy Brown. Despite dozens of personnel changes over the years, Simmonds has shown an uncanny knack for preserving the essential Savoy Brown sound, which permeates Strange Dreams, the act's first release for Blind Pig. Throughout, listeners are treated to a tight, melodic style of blues that is equally indebted to Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, and Lightnin' Slim. The title track, "Shake It All Night," and "Keep On Rollin' " are emblematic of the Savoy Brown vibe. Simmonds' lead guitar has never sounded more tasty—and tasteful—than it does here. Maturity is a sign that a blues player may be about to get it right, and that's where Simmonds and Savoy Brown are at today.—PVV