Andy Poxon Band - Red Roots (EllerSoul Records)
reviewed by Michael Macomber
OK, we could go into all the hyperbole about how amazing it is that a kid of 16 could write, play, record and produce such an incredible album. But let’s put that aside for the moment. Forget that blues guitarist/singer/songwriter Andy Poxon is so freakin’ young. Just spin this disc, kick back, and marvel at one of the finest genre blending artists to hit the scene in a very long time.
Poxon pulls influences from rock, blues, rockabilly, pop, country, soul, jazz, ad infinitum, and folds them seamlessly into one another. His voice has texture and truth, his lyrics come from genuine emotion, his arrangements are heartbreaking and heart-racing, toe-tapping and tearful, and most importantly, 100% effective. He knows how to bend your emotions with those strings.
“Hottest Thing in Town” echoes the swing-a-billy mix of the Stray Cats, while never becoming an imitation. The badass funky groove of “No Love” is utterly irresistible, recalling the best of Allen Toussaint. “I Want You So Bad” is a sweet, gentle blues ballad, wide-eyed and romantic, utterly gorgeous. “I’ll Sing the Blues” is as heavy duty as anything out of the big-muscle rock n roll blues of the late 60s, with a drop of a Cream for good measure. And when Poxon declares “I can’t get my feelings wrong”, he hits on a universal truth of the form that is pretty darned perceptive for an artist of any age.
Poxon and his Band have recorded a great blues album, with many more to come, no doubt. Keep an eye on this guy. He may actually bring the genre back to national prominence.