2018 – HipsterDumpster Records
By Phillip Smith; Sep. 8, 2018
Matty T Wall, the Australia-based bluesman who wowed me over two years ago with his Blue Skies album has scored again with Sidewinder. Loaded with nine original songs and four covers, this record showcases Wall’s songwriting, guitar mastery, and vocal chops. This trifecta of skills is what makes this artist a force to be reckoned with. Appearing with Wall on this recording, is drummer Ric Whittle, bassist Stephen Walker, organist Gordon Cant, backing vocalist Deli Rowe, Steve Searle on horns, and Jonas Petersen on strings.
“Slideride”, a bodacious instrumental with a heavy dose of electric slide heavy guitar, surely awakens the soul. The momentum of the opening track is further extended by the driving riff which fuels rocking title track “Sidewinder”. Wall captures lightning in a bottle with a fierce performance on “Sophia’s Strut”, a mind-melting blues-rich instrumental. Clocking in at just less than two minutes, I wish this jaw-dropper could have been a little longer.
Wall beautifully takes on Sam Cook’s “Change is Gonna Come”. His soulfully smooth vocals sound great, and his guitar sounds terrific as it lands in the pocket Walker and Whittle construct with the rhythm section. The strings and organ accompaniment on this one is the icing on the cake. When he hits the Don Nix-penned tune “Going Down”, I have to crank up the volume. This tremendous song, recorded in 1971 by Freddy King sounds great as Walls scorching guitar licks burn the house down.
Matty T Wall’s brand of blues, impressively fresh and exciting, continues to push in a forward direction with Sidewinder. It’s a terrific listen. That’s for sure.
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