This is Perry's first album for Blind Pig, and he has made the most of the opportunity.
This is Perry's first album for Blind Pig, and he has made the most of the opportunity. Having previously paid some lead guitar dues with the likes of Richie Havens, Rick Danko, and Garth Hudson, Perry shows himself to be a drop-down dirty blues player when given his own solo shot. Perry likes to boogie, hitting that groove right away with "Itchin' for It." This isn't a non-stop hoedown, though. Working such midtempo numbers as "Pressure" and such slow-burners as "Thinkin' of You" into the mix, Perry gives the record a varied sonic feel. Producer Jimmy Vivino plugs in on mandolin for the rootsy blues of "I Can't See the Light of Day," and the jump blues instrumental "G&L Jump" finds Perry assaying yet another style. Vivino and Perry toe the mark when it comes to sticking with a stout, direct, blues sound, and Perry's vocals have a raggedy edge that meshes perfectly with this hefty instrumental vibe.—PVV