· DIRTY DAVE OSTI - MIDNIGHT MOJO MAN (GYR169) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. BAD BLOOD
02. BE THE LOVE
03. PUSHA MAN
04. WALK BEFORE YOU RUN
05. DIVIDE IT BY TWO
06. LIVE OR DIE FREE
07. REBEL RUN
08. RIVER DOG
09. SPACEWOLF
10. LIAR
11. TAKE THE HEAT OFF
12. MIDNIGHT MOJO MAN


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
GYR169 - $14.99

Mega-Awesome 5th studio disc by this killer blues/rock axeslinger from California featuring 12 songs of excellent, dynamic, world-class, blues-based heavy guitar rock music that lands way-kool & solid to the creative musical core. Dirty Dave Osti is a legit, old-school, guitar hero who speaks the real six string language of all the greats, a true solid man of rock who has created and produced his best, strongest disc to date.

Recorded excellently at the Dirtshack Studios, Dirty Dave Osti lands deep and inspired, a seasoned veteran of all things guitar with his own original musical style, vision and vibe. Osti knows what time of day it is when it comes down to the riffage that matters as he cranks up his "Voodoo Guitar" and "Burns Down The Dirtshack" teaching us about the "Shakedown On Salvation Street" as we travel to the dark delta swamplands way beyond the crossroads to find redemption and deliverance preaching rock n' roll with the "Midnight Mojo Man".

The Dirty Dave Osti: "Midnight Mojo Man" disc is an outstanding, retro heavy guitar rock disc that is Highly recommeded to fans of Osti's other awesome discs and to good musical brothers and sisters worldwide who heavily dig & appreciate serious, blues-based, guitar rockin' excellence.


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01. BAD BLOOD
02. BE THE LOVE
03. PUSHA MAN
04. WALK BEFORE YOU RUN
05. DIVIDE IT BY TWO
06. LIVE OR DIE FREE
07. REBEL RUN
08. RIVER DOG
09. SPACEWOLF
10. LIAR
11. TAKE THE HEAT OFF
12. MIDNIGHT MOJO MAN

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· reviews ·

With an album called Midnight Mojo Man, you know we have to headed right back into the belly of hard rocking blues goodness otherwise known as Grooveyard Records. This time it’s Dirty Dave Osti taking up the good fight, as the seasoned fretsmith offers up another classy slice of guitar-fuelled hard rock. However, what sets Dirty Dave apart from the many is, ironically, his supremely clean and smooth guitar style. The solo on opening cut, “Bad Blood” a sublime example of how he gets his message across without the need for flashy pyrotechnics. Instead caressing the frets, even when he’s hammering out a stinging slew of notes.

Impressively Dirty Dave does everything himself, all aspects of this album from bass and drums to vocals and production all handled by the guitarist. With all bar two of the songs also coming from his hands, Midnight Mojo Man really is a one mojo-man operation. But unlike most albums created in solitary confinement, the beauty here is that whether through the nuanced hi-hat work, or sympathetic bass runs, MMM sounds like it was brought to life by a band and one that’s been together for many a year. Although, I suppose, in a sense, this ‘band’ has been together since the day Dave Osti was born!

The two non-Osti written tracks appear in the guise of the Russ Ballard penned “Liar”, which was made famous in the mid-70s by Three Dog Night; the guitarist thoroughly revelling in its chiming melody and deep groove. Whereas “Walk Before You Run”, by Savoy Brown, proves perfect not just for Osti’s deep bluesy hard rock style, but also for his gravel-laden, lived in voice. I think Dave would even agree that he’ll never be the world’s best singer, but if you’re looking for a storyteller, then he’s your man. Something that becomes all too apparent on the hard rock lullaby “Divide It By Two”, the shuffle and tussle of “Rebel Run” and the insistently driven “River Dog”, with all three burying deep into the mind and proving impossible to root out.

As you’d expect, it’s the guitar that’s the star throughout, the ZZ Top like instrumental “Spacewolf” one of the album’s best illustrations of how Dirty Dave adds all manner of flicks and tricks, without ever leaving you feeling like you’re knee deep in some instructional DVD. Something that the rich riff of “Pusha Man” and poised, yet brooding album closing title track, confirm and then some.

There are few guitarists out there offering up the sort of believable, honest, heartfelt grooves that Dirty Dave Osti always seems to have, literally, at his finger tips. Midnight Mojo Man is yet another prime example and confirms DDO as one of the most under-sung axe men around.

Steven Reid / Sea Of Tranquility (September 2018)
 


Dirty Dave Osti has four more CDs out on Grooveyard Records and they’ve all been pretty solid in my book. For some reason this one really hit home with me. Not sure what it is, but the riffs seem more solid and I like the groove a bit more. Stylewise, Dave, reminds me a bit of Michael Katon. Solid, heavy, guitar driven blues rock with both feet deep in the ground. “Be The Love” has a really cool 70s sounding classic riff that carries the song. The only thing that pissed me off was that Dave recorded an outstanding cover of “Walk Before You Run” by Savoy Brown. Why? Because I had planned to record it. Love that sone. But, since you did such a kick-ass version, you’re forgiven, Dave ;-). Another outstanding favorite track on this album is “Rebel Run”, a kick-ass riff rocker with some killer drumming. The instrumental “Spacewolf” sticks out a bit as well with its cool funky groove. All in all, a really solid album that should attract fans of classic, riff-oriented hard edged blues rock.

Janne Stark / Stark Music Reviews (September 2018)
 


“Dirty Dave Osti is a bad bluesman. Not bad as in bad. Bad as in good. Damn good. You might call him a new incarnation of Billy Gibbons with chops galore. But he takes care of all the other instruments, too — bass, drums, vocal, and, oh, that mean public saxophone, as Jimi would say — a guitar that just won’t quit! ‘Midnight Mojo Man,’ his most recent disc, delivers — big time. Mostly original material with two unlikely cover songs by Kim Simmonds/Savoy Brown & Argent, this CD rocks from start to finish. And the covers (dare I say it?) outdo the originals. Blues is the watch-word here. Hard Blues-Rock — hard to play, but not hard to listen to. Hard to do correctly, but not hard to feel. It’s in our soul! This is the real deal. If you like your blues-rock loud and raunchy, this is the CD for you. Don’t get me wrong — it has melodic, softer moments, but the overall will knock you off your feet, as blues-rock is meant to do. Dirty Dave just gets dirtier and dirtier, and I, for one, hope he NEVER cleans up!”

Steven J. Rosen / Author + Journalist (August 2018)
 


Since "Dirty" Dave Osti chose Grooveyards Records in 2010, "Rare Tracks" ("A collection of excellent unreleased tracks") was released in 2017 and he has an excellent 2018 successor ready in the form of 'Midnight Mojo Man'.

Dave Osti who lives in CA, has been around for years (read: since 1975) as a musician and singer-songwriter. That Osti is as good as a "one man rock machine" (he calls himself like that), we already know from previous reviews. He also plays "all instruments" again (read: guitar, bass & drums) and also takes care of the vocals. The new album features 10 original songs and 2 covers. On one track ("Be the Love") he could count on keyboard man Drake Shinning, who provided the necessary accents at B3. This album is solid blues rock & rock with a slight Americana vibe and with a lot of attention & detail at the guitars.

The following tracks are definitely on the album: the closing track & the title song "Midnight Mojo Man", "Bad Blood", "Pusha Man" (spiny groove), "Walk Before You Run" (excellent adaptation of the Kim Simmonds & Ian Ellis - Savoy Brown song), the melodic rock hard-leaning "Live Or Die Free", "River Dog" (with a Black Sabbath tempo), "Liar" (the Russ Ballard cover) and "Take the Heat Off" (which has a dynamic bluesy Americana feel).

'Midnight Mojo Man' the new album of the "one man rock machine" Dave Osti, is another excellent "retro heavy guitar rock disc" for all musical brothers and sisters from all over the world, who appreciate excellent blues-based guitar rock.

Eric Schuurmans / Rootstime (August 2018)
 



 


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