Friday, December 29, 2017

Guitarist Alastair Greene releases "Dream Train" on Rip Cat Records..blues rock that's right on track

Alastair Greene’s musical journey has been anything but traditional. His combination of blues, Southern rock, and jam band sensibilities have been thrilling audiences for nearly two decades. With recent appearances at the Chicago Blues Festival and the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas, as well as guest appearances with such luminaries as Eric Burdon, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, Savoy Brown, John Nemeth, and Debbie Davies, it’s crystal clear: His star is on the rise. 

Alastair recently plunged headfirst into a full-time solo career, stepping down after 7 years touring the world as the guitarist for rock legend Alan Parsons. Alastair is philosophical about his time playing with Parsons, saying, “I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity Alan gave me to handle guitar and vocal duties in his band. It was an honor to play the music created by the Alan Parsons Project to Alan’s fans around the world. After 7 years, the time has come for me to truly pursue my own musical dream.” 

The culmination of his musical experiences, influences, and passion is manifested as his new record, "Dream Train." The album was produced and mixed by David Z, whose production credits include Buddy Guy, Gov’t Mule, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang. "Dream Train" features 13 new songs, 12 of which are Greene originals. The sole cover is a previously unreleased song written by none other than Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top called "Nome Zayne," which was recorded with Billy’s blessing. 

The songs on "Dream Train" range from the hard driving blues rock of the title track, to the sensitive Curtis Mayfield tinged instrumental Iowa. "Big Bad Wolf" finds the band in familiar boogie blues rock territory while "Daredevil" takes listeners on more traditional blues shuffle ride. 

"Dream Train" also features an impressive array of special guests including: Walter Trout, Debbie Davies, Mike Zito, Mike Finnigan, and Dennis Gruenling. Alastair is supported on "Dream Train" by his touring band consisting of Jim Rankin on bass, and Austin Beede on drums.

Marty's review: right from the first notes you know this album is going to grab you by the throat and not let go. Alastair's licks are first class, and the driving rhythm behind him gives a punch that will more than knock you out. From the blues-rock of the title track to the boogie of "Big Bad Wolf" and "Noma Zayne", the smooth blues instrumental "Iowa" and the one acoustic number "Song for Rufus", the 13 tracks on this release will please fans of the likes of ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Rory Gallagher and Robin Trower.

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