Trevor B Power Band flies with an Everyday Angel

Unless you know that Trevor B Power is the band leader’s name, then the Trevor B Power Band would appear to be either a statement of intent or a little egotistical…well fortunately for us, it is both the leader’s name and a clear declaration of intent without ego getting in the way.

The youngest of six children, raised in New Jersey on a diet of his parents record collection (pop, blues, jazz, classical, R’n’B) he was given a Honer acoustic on his fifteenth birthday and began listening to 60s and 70s rock and learned to play them by ear…although I have found using fingers is easier! He also became a DJ on local radio and then met and became friends with Bobby Whitlock of Derek and the Dominoes fame, who encouraged him to get out, play and write: and that is what he did. Playing many gigs, he honed his skills and, with three like-minded players, they formed the titular band and now have their debut album called Everyday Angel, which is ten tracks of Power’s compositions encompassing blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll.

Opening track, Jack, is a modern take on what used to be called a road song and has a familiar lyric with “This train keeps a rolling down the track”. However, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s the same old, same old because the guitar, riff and vocals may evoke the Mick Jones era Stones but it has a fresh feel. The slide guitar lights the song up behind the melody and the picked solo is inventive and effective. We move to Chicago next for the shuffle blues of You Ain’t Acting Right; it is pure Chicago and the rhythm guitar is effusive behind the half spoken vocals. The keys and sax fill in subtly and then a guitar solo of quality, courtesy of Bob Lanza who pours the blues into every note and similar feelings are there for a neat organ solo. A texture change as we move into rock ‘n’ roll territory with Future Plans. Sax and piano honk and honky-tonk as the rhythm rocks away over a vocal that actually has a country edge that lightens the effect a little…but then the guitar solo puts the rock firmly back in place, while the piano solo is great fun. A drop in pace as Trevor begs forgiveness on the slow blues of Saddest Thing. A stinging guitar phrase introduces it and then it falls into a standard blues pattern: familiarity is forgotten as the guitar continues to punctuate the vocals and the solo is excellent although, to my unqualified ear, the attack is a little harsh and I think a softer pick-up selection would have made it even better. Storm Brewin’ is next and, as the song kicks off, you get the feeling the spirit of Bo Diddley was looking over his shoulder as Trevor wrote this. It is his song though, and the acoustic backing is effective and the slide just majestic, especially during the brief solo where maybe Rory was in the room too. Baby I’m Through With You moves us into another familiar blues pattern, but in a Green way, it works very well. The guitar throughout interleaves behind the riff and the solo is good ‘un as Bob Lanza is again invited to perform. The next track, I Wrote It Down, combines field song structures with blues by the bucketful…acoustic, electric; picked and bottle necked. The band has again made the familiar blues structures work well and produced a new variant. Anthony Kirzan adds a lovely slide solo to make this a standout track and my own favourite. Murder In The First Degree is rock with a very American slant a la Tom Petty. It’s a well-constructed song and well played but it’s a bit too Petty does country rock for me…many will love it, and the guitar solos are worth listening to. Lord Have Mercy brings the standard right back up with a gospel-imbued song over brilliant drums and some real quality guitar playing and solos. Closing track Everyday Angel is directed at his daughter Meghan and has Bobby Whitlock adding superb slide guitar and his wife, CoCo Carmel, putting the sax firmly in its place. This gentle, orchestrated piece has a sadness to it but still manages to lend a positive feeling to being a separated Dad. It isn’t cloying but, apart from the slide, it doesn’t get anywhere in my view. It is a pleasant enough interlude however, should it come up on shuffle.

In summary, then, Trevor B Power delivers a strong album that travels a few different blues avenues in a good way. What it says to me is that his next album will be a corker as he develops on this sterling start.

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Tracklisting:

  1. Jack
  2. You Ain’t Acting Right
  3. Future Plans
  4. Saddest Thing
  5. Storm Brewin’
  6. Baby I’m Through With You
  7. I Wrote It Down
  8. Murder in the First Degree
  9. Lord Have Mercy
  10. Everyday Angel

Musicians

Trevor B Power: guitar, vocals

Billy Gensch: guitars

Mark Enright: bass

Tom DiCianni: drums



Additional musicians:

Anthony Krizan: guitar, bass, drums and background vocals

John Ginty: keyboards

Bob Lanza: guitar

Nick Conti: saxophone

Jim Ruffi: drums

Special guests Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel

Produced by Anthony Kirzan and Trevor B Power

Trevor B Power Band flies with an Everyday Angel

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