PressSuncoast Blues Society Review (2006)
ROGER “HURRICANE” WILSON
The Way I Am
Blue Storm 6-54247-0731-2
Atlanta’s Roger “Hurricane” Wilson passes through the Suncoast area so often that he’s almost like one of our own. Some time ago I reviewed another of his acoustic CD’s, and I thought it would be fun to see what he was up to five years on. The previous disc, “Pastime” was made up of tracks taken from live performances, while “The Way I Am” is a dedicated acoustic studio recording. It includes eight originals and four covers of songs by artists who impressed and influenced Roger.
The opening track, an original entitled “How Much Is Enough?” is a country-Blues flavored look at our acquisitive society. “You’ve got a lot of money, You’ve got a lot of stuff, the big question here is how much is enough”…indeed. “Blue Heaven” is a tasty instrumental piece named after a venue in Key West. Very pretty guitar and subdued percussion, I like it a lot. “I Got Chased By A Three-Legged Dog” tells the story of a bad day, a really bad day.
Roger covers Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice”, Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire”, a Doc Watson Tune called “Doc’s Guitar”, and the title track, a Merle Haggard favorite of Wilson’s.
Although much of this disc is Blues-flavored, it’s really more of an “Americana” styled effort. This is a “Sunday Afternoon” kind of record, laid back and mellow. Wilson’s smoky baritone voice and country-Blues influenced picking make for a nice relaxed sound. (And I enjoy his storytelling, too).
Blues Revue - May, 2007
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