BLUES FOR SUNSHINE
Scott McCord hails out of Toronto, where as a musician he has blended blues and R&B into a laid back, relaxing combo.
This isn’t the blues of a smoke-filled bar, although there is a definite blues pulse going on here.
Instead McCord has mixed in R&B and let it simmer on the stove awhile in order to mellow out the vibes a bit.
This is music which really has been geared down. He keeps it in second for most of the trip, upshifting to third gear on occasion, but the idea of topping out by flooring it into fourth or fifth gear are avoided.
A song such as The Broken Wheel is nice, but listening to it on a Monday morning as I write this, well, you kind of want to just lie back and close your eyes and let sleep take you -- not that that is too hard to want to do on a Monday anyway.
The cut Same Man I Was Before, and Let It Roll are a tad faster paced, but they are delivered with the same relaxed, mellow approach which is a McCord hallmark on this disk.
This is a CD which falls into the ‘right mood’ category for me. There are days, like at the lake where you are just baking in the sun and relaxing where this disk would be perfect.
If you’re working on the laptop and need music to revitalize you, look somewhere else in the collection.
That said, if you need to mellow out with a dose of blues, then check it out at www.scottmccordmusic.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 12, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada