2018 – American Showplace Music
By Phillip Smith; Sep. 29, 2018
New York musicians, guitarist Jimmy Bennett and bassist Peter Bennett first came to my awareness as the backbone of Alexis P. Suter Band. Their presence on blues-rock albums from Bruce Katz, John Ginty, and Marcus Randolph captured my attention even more. This summer, the Bennett Brothers released their debut album, Not Made For Hire, a powerful blues-rock album filled with a fistful of electric guitar and lots of groove. Drummer Lee Falco and keyboardist John Ginty bring their mojo to the band as well, forming a tight-knit outfit of musicians.
A searing blast of Texas-style electric blues greets the listener in “Junkyard Dog”. Falco holds nothing back on drums as he drives this revving fully-loaded beast with ripping guitar from Jimmy. The B3 sounds of Ginty is sweet icing on this cake. The Bennett Brothers give an intoxicating performance in a wonderful, riveting way in “I Just Don’t Want the Blues Today”. This one also features the lovely vocals of Linda Pino backing them up. She definitely adds a layer of heartfelt emotion to the song. The rocking contagious riffs in “What’d I Do” have a fabulous way to burrowing right inside to my core, and I love every bit of it. The album ends in a tremendous way when the needle drops on “I Got a Woman”. The guitar/organ intro generates a wave of excitement and captivates my attention. Within ten seconds, the groove is set with a the funky rhythm and rides the spiraling B3 organ delightfully to its cosmic end.
Not Made For Hire is the real deal. This is what Blues-Rock is all about.
Links to other PhillyCheeze Rock & Blues Reviews featuring the Bennett Brothers :
Marcus Randolph My Peeples Peeple - Transplant
John Ginty - No Filter
John Ginty - Bad News Travels Live CD/DVD
Bruce Katz Band - Homecoming
The Alexis P Suter Band - Love the Way You Roll
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