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Sweet Revival

Gino Matteo

Rip Cat Records 2013

Review by David Bowling

I don’t think I have ever heard a bad album issued by The Rip Cat Records label and Sweet Revival by Gino Matteo keeps that streak intact.

Matteo is a solid blues and roots composer, guitarist, and singer who crosses over to gospel upon occasion. He is a regular on the European blues club and festival circuit. In the United States, he has played with the likes of B.B. King, John Mayer, Little Willie G, and Guitar Shorty.

He has a soulful voice that can explode with energy or just purr when needed. While “Here Comes The Lord” and “Pulpit In The Graveyard” are more personal than straight gospel; they are still rooted in that format.

His bread and butter will always be the blues and “Grandma Told Me,” “Take A Chance On Me,” “The Longest Night,” and “We Can Find A Way” are all nice excursions into that style and sound.

What we have is an old school blues album that should please any fan of that type of music.

Rating: ***1/2

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