King of the Rockin’ Blues!
Left Hook Records
Wow! What an album! Expecting high standards from Gregg, and this album delivers! It's as if he's playing live to you in your own front room – turn the speakers up and be absorbed in the Blues, with the winning combination of great and very relevant lyrics for the 21st century combined with good old fashioned solid musicianship. Tracks such as “Cry Myself A River”; “Bayou Moon” and “Tricked By the Devil” demonstrate the depth of this guys talent. It is not an exaggeration that this album places Gregg Wright in the top echelons of the great blues guitarists. This album creates the spellbinding sound that Gregg produces during his live performances. It is a rare commodity, the demonstration of stellar guitar skills and a soulful voice, that shapes the lyrics to ensure the emotions are delivered on time every time. The title track “King of the Rockin’ Blues”; neatly sums up this album and Gregg has every right to see himself as a King when it comes to rockin’ and soulful blues.
- Liz Aiken
King of the Rockin' Blues
Left Hook Records:
With his program of original songs, bluesman Gregg Wright breathes fire and sizzles eloquently while he tells stories of the way things are and the way they ought to be. Contemporary in his presentation with a powerful band to underscore his skyrocket guitar, Wright holds, nevertheless, to the tradition of blues complaints and an outpouring of emotional wails. "(I'm Makin') Plenty of No Money" tells what it's like to make do in today's economy, "Cry Myself A River" in the depths of despair, "Come and Get It" gives the final answer on a meaningful relationship, and "King of the Rockin' Blues" celebrates Wright's own career with a rhythmic jump step that stretches across all 50 states and beyond.
With guests Zac Harmon on guitar and Jimmy Z on harp, Wright sings "I'm My Own Boss Man" for a session high point that carries a powerful message. Guitarist Coco Montoya joins him on "The Politics of Fear" with another message about how to handle yourself in today's "big-brother is always watching" society. Percussionist Munyungo Jackson gives "Tricked by the Devil" a rhythmic landscape that builds another high point for Wright as he sings about what's right and what's not fair. Lester Chambers' soulful blues harp gives "Between Heaven and Hell" a somber outlook that again recalls the earliest form of blues in its contemporary format. Finally, Wright's dedication to the people of New Orleans, "Brick by Brick," helps him explain where feeling belongs in music and how much meaning can be fused into a few aching lyric verses.”
- Jim Santella