2017 –Ruf Records
By Phillip Smith; Sep 9, 2017
It’s been fifty years since the first Savoy Brown album, Shake Down, hit the streets in England, and Kim Simmonds shows no signs of slowing down. The man is definitely on a roll right now. Besides his brand new solo instrumental album Jazzin’ on the Blues, which is absolutely wonderful by the way, he has the all new off-the-hook Savoy Brown album Witchy Feelin’ out now too. It is a smoldering hot eleven track plateful of electric guitar-blues. Returning to the studio with Simmonds is bassist Pat DeSalvo and drummer Garnet Grimm, both of who have been playing in Savoy Brown since 2009.
A strong impression is made when I hear the intoxicating Texas blues of “Why Did You Hoodoo Me”. The driving rhythm and searing guitar seals the deal. The hypnotic hook and swampy slide of “Livin’ on the Bayou” lures me in like the song of the sirens. It’s beautifully played. I then get a big smile on my face when he breaks out more bodacious slide singing about one of my favorite places, “Memphis Blues”. Simmonds pumps a delightful dose of psychedelia into the amazing, “Thunder, Lightning and Rain”, making for an exquisite listen. “Can’t Find Paradise”, the anthem of the album is rockin’ and contagious. It’s terrific.
Witchy Feelin’ certainly ranks up there among my favorites of the year.
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