NEW YORK: The Crank Bros. CD Review - by J. Blake

Posted on 10/27/2009 by J. Blake

Fronted by former Good Time Charlie guitarist, Kjetil Grande, Norway’s newest blues trio, The Crank Bros. arrive on the scene with an interesting debut CD titled BLACK MIDNIGHTS, STARS & STREETLIGHTS. Their sound is not what most blues fans would necessarily consider “authentic”, but it is certainly retro. The album’s mellow relaxed grooves, rich reverb-heavy hollow body guitar tone and standup bass provide a slinky sexiness that is at times either reminiscent of the late-90s Latin blues-rock sensation Tito & Tarantula or seemingly yearning to be placed in the background of a David Lynch film.

Grande’s vocals unfortunately leave a little something to be desired, but are more than compensated for by his tastefully executed guitar-work. The band’s distinctive style adds a certain cohesiveness to the entirety of the album’s 10 tracks and though Grande’s 6 original compositions hold up nicely against the album’s 4 classic blues covers, it is safe to say that the band shines brightest when performing those songs written by blues legends Weldon “Juke Boy” Bonner, T-Bone Walker, Magic Sam Maghett and Johnny “Guitar” Watson.

Blues aficionados expecting today’s standard high-energy blues-rock, packed with rip-off Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar tone, will surely be disappointed by The Crank Bros. debut album, but if you’re looking for something, new, interesting, unique and sexy with a hint “cool”, BLACK MIDNIGHTS, STARS & STREETLIGHTS may just satisfy your musical craving.

*If you enjoyed this article, you may also enjoy: Albert King CD

Copyright © 2009 - J. Blake. All Rights Reserved.

American Blues News Staff

What makes American Blues News unique is our coverage across America. Here is our lineup:

Mon: Memphis Correspondent - Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms
Nighthawk is our resident globetrotter and man behind the scenes, as he tours with the Reba Russell Band.

Tues: New York Correspondent - J. Blake
Blake is the American Blues News review and interview guru. You may catch him out and about in NY playing the blues.

Wed: National Correspondent - Monica Yasher
Monica is our executive director and artist interview specialist. You can catch Monica singing the blues around Pittsburgh or working on some country music songs in Nashville.

Thurs: Washington, DC Correspondent - Virginiabluesman
Geraldo offers inteviews and reviews. You may have seen him at an Ana Popovic concert or conversed with him on her websites, as he offers administrative support with her music.

Fri: Northeast Photographer - Nelson Onofre
Nelson offers a Friday column of blues photography and pictorial support for the interviews covered by the team.

Jim Stick in Colorado
Jim will be focusing on the Blues Festivals in the beautiful state of Colorado, and the artists that live and visit there.

Maureen Elizabeth, our resident art correspondent, will be focusing on blues art as she explores the creation of CD covers, or speaking with artists who also have a love of creating pictorial art in addition to their music! She may also feature some of her good friends in the Pittsburgh area. In her love of art, you may find Maureen's photography accompanying writer's articles on our pages. Maureen is also our marketing director.

Pittsburgh correspondent and photographer, CR Bennett, will share the Pittsburgh scene with all of you. You may also see CR's pictures accompanying other writer's articles.

We head to the big state of Texas! Abby Owen, our Texas correspondent.

Another big area to cover, the West Coast with Casey Reagan, Casey will feature many artists and events on this ocean's shores.

Lastly, we have our roving blues entertainment writer,
Chef Jimi.

And of course, we will surprise you sometimes!

Internet Marketingdata recovery