Barrett Anderson

Barrett Anderson
The Long Fall

Self Release

By Georgetown Fats
October 2013

At the relatively young age of 30 years old, Barrett Anderson has had the opportunity to apprentice with both Ronnie Earl and Monster Mike Welch, jam with Bob Margolin and Pinetop Perkins while gigging regularly with Ron Levy and Per Hanson. Barrett Anderson, without aid of a car-magnates bankroll and finances, has shared the stage with some of the best in contemporary blues. The stories he share in his recent run of ‘In His Own Words’ features are impressive. More impressive is how these greats have inspired Barrett’s playing. He may have shared the stage with great bluesmen, but when fronting his own band and playing his own music he is his own man.

The Long Fall opens with ‘Not Your Baby’ and slow-burning blues rock. Anderson’s mix of singing and spoken lyrics over the groove detail a late night carnal tale that could only happen well past last call. Showing every bit their own musical pedigrees Levy and Hanson are content to help propel the track rather than overplay.

On ‘Mile Wide Wind’ the listener is treated to a raucous barn burner of a track. At a brisk three minutes and five seconds Anderson and company bring the listener aboard the musical train and quickly pick up tempo. With its infectious groove ‘Mile Wide Wind’ is best enjoyed at high volumes and repeated listenings.

And what blues rock release would be complete without a love song? On “Peace I Need”, thankfully Anderson proves his talent to surpass his chronological years. Rather than a hackneyed cliche filled love song “Peace I Need” goes in a different direction detailing a summertime encounter that became a lifetime commitment.

My single complaint about The Long Fall is that is only eleven tracks. While the disk is well the $14 price, only one of the eleven tracks breaks the 5 minute barrier. A hidden track or an extended jam would have been a welcomed addition to the experience.

Currently available through CD Baby (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/barrettanderson1),as well as any of his live shows, The Long Fall by Barrett Anderson continues the trend of solid releases from members of the Boston Blues community. With the holiday season approaching be sure to snatch up several copies of The Long Fall for the gifting season.

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