· TONY SPINNER - LOVE IS THE ANSWER (GYR196) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. SAME AS IT EVER WAS
02. DIZZY
03. PONY RIDE
04. SOMEONE TO BRING ME LOVE
05. U.F.O.
06. CAROLINE
07. LOVE IS THE ANSWER
08. TRUE LOVE
09. HONEY DOLL
10. CHUN-KEY
11. BIG RIVER
12. I GOTTA GO


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
GYR196 - $14.99

Outstanding tenth solo disc by this excellent blues/rock axeslinger from Jonesboro, Arkansas featuring 12 tracks of awesome, dynamic, soul-powered, retrofied, blues-based, guitar rock mojo that lands solid with endless amounts of musical strength, depth and maturity. From start to finish, "Love Is The Answer" is an essential, highly enjoyable, way-kool, Tony Spinner disc on Grooveyard Records that rocks the blues and shines bright with talent & excellence.

Tony Spinner is an authentic, legit modern day guitar hero who speaks the six string truth; a bonafide, all natural "old-school" guitar rocker with soulful vocals who is heavily inspired and influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Billy Gibbons and a host of countless other excellent classic guitarists who wrote the book of rock. Having recorded and toured for many years with Toto, Paul Gilbert & Pat Travers to name a few, Tony Spinner is a seasoned, world-class, professional musician who was born to rock & has devoted his life to musical passion.

Despite the troubled world we live in today, Tony Spinner has risen above to create & produce one of his strongest, most focused discs to date in the form of "Love Is The Answer" which sends out positive energy & vibe into the world with his music. Recorded in 2020 with his long-time rhythm section of Michel Mulder on bass and Alex Steier on drums from Holland who are both excellent, rock solid, seasoned musical brothers that lock in & lay down righteous grooves for Spinner to strut his good down home mojo. There is a ton of musical love, respect and admiration in the room which can be felt through the music on this disc. The true message from Tony Spinner is clear & pure like a warm summer breeze flowing through the air; The power of music universally brings us together and that ultimately "Love Is The Answer".


MP3 Sample Clips

01. SAME AS IT EVER WAS
02. DIZZY
03. PONY RIDE
04. SOMEONE TO BRING ME LOVE
05. U.F.O.
06. CAROLINE
07. LOVE IS THE ANSWER
08. TRUE LOVE
09. HONEY DOLL
10. CHUN-KEY
11. BIG RIVER
12. I GOTTA GO

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· reviews ·

The 10th solo album from guitar master, singer and songwriter Tony Spinner, "Love Is The Answer" is a blast of fresh, blues-infused rock with a heavy dose of groove. Out on Grooveyard Records, the album features 12 original tracks of soul-powered guitar heaven. Add in Spinner’s smooth, soulful vocals and tight rhythm section, and you’ve got an antidote for troubled times. There’s plenty of killer guitar riffing and outstanding musicianship but there’s more than that to "Love Is The Answer"—catchy tunes. It’s his first solo release since Earth Music For Aliens (2013.)

From Jonesboro, Arkansas, Tony Spinner toured and recorded with Pat Travers, Paul Gilbert, and with the band Toto for nine years. He’s a world class, seasoned guitar player and singer, whose contemporary fingerprint on guitar-driven rock is branded with a sense of fun and playfulness.

On Love Is the Answer, the highly listenable tracks address social and life issues with a positive spin. Recorded in 2020, the album features long-time rhythm section composed of Spinner on guitar and vocals, Michael Mulder on bass and Alex Steier on drums. The record is innovative musically, spiked with mind-blowing guitar.

The album kicks off with “Same As It Ever Was,” a blues/rocker that opens with a tease of psychedelia, only to crack open the Tony Spinner groove. A song about how some people just can’t be enlightened as hard as you try, it’s a blend of incredible rhythm, rocking drumming and bass. It’s a perfect high energy album opener with dazzling guitar riffs, some wah-soaked, and interesting chord changes.

With a firm grip on rhythm, “Dizzy” is an energetic, funky gem. An upbeat mood boost of a song, with Spinner rockin’ it on vocals, singing about trusting the truth in the midst of chaos. Tremendous groove is the name of the game here, along with riffing magic and a sinewy guitar solo that’s punchy at the same time. Great song.

If you think you’ve heard it all with guitar-driven, blues infused rock albums, you haven’t heard "Love Is the Answer". Spinner has a unique style. Superb, rhythmic guitar playing with one foot in old school rock but another firmly rooted in the present. His music has a modern lightness to it, servicing the song with tasty riffs, expert drumming and bass. Have a listen to “UFO.” It’s fun with jazzy, funky overtones and effects that fit right in with the theme. Spinner is having a great time with this tune about seeing, you guessed it, a UFO.

The album is well rounded, featuring upbeat rock tunes, some with swampy flavors and slide guitar, others with shades of 70’s rock with harmonies not unlike The Doobie Brothers. There’s rolling rockers and a glittering instrumental with some fine guitar and bass playing. One beautiful ballad, title track, “Love Is The Answer” has Spinner’s magic touch on a melodic and graceful guitar solo to match the tone and message in the lyrics about trusting ones instincts. His smooth vocals peak on this track.

There’s more wisdom in the lyrics from Spinner, cloaked in old school soul and flair. This is uplifting music at a time when it’s needed most. If that isn’t enough to spring you out of your lockdown, the music and superb musicianship surely will.

Love is the Answer by Tony Spinner is no ordinary, blues-infused rock album. It’s as bright and contemporary as it is musically brilliant.

Martine Ehrenclou / Rock And Blues Muse (January 2021)
 


After nearly eight years since releasing his last album Earth Music for Aliens, Northeast Arkansas blues-rocker/guitarist extraordinaire Tony Spinner is back with a fabulous new record Love is the Answer. Spinner joins bassist Michel Mulder and drummer Alex Steier once again in the studio for this project which spans a dozen original tracks. Recording took place at three locations: The Farm in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Lil’ Heaven Studios in Arnhem, Netherlands and Chill Hill Studio in Italy.

Spinner introduces the opening track “Same as it Ever Was” in a spaghetti-western fashion. Then with a blast of mind-blowing guitar shredding, switches into full-on funk. It sounds great! His infectious groovy funk continues on with “Dizzy”, with Spinner waxing nostalgic in an attempt to escape the insanity of the world. I love his jazz-guitar ode to little green men in “U.F.O.”. It’s so fun to hear him play this one. With title-track “Love is the Answer”, Spinner sings a message of peace and love, making for a beautiful ballad. The slide blues that pours from “True Love” is absolutely great. Laden with a plethora of aural treats, instrumental “Chun-Key” puts a gigantic smile on my face. Boasting seven and a half minutes of southern funk, “Big River” is another favorite. This composite of Allman and Marley is out of this world, and surprises me at every turn. Spinner truly out does himself on this track.

This is the third Tony Spinner album I’ve reviewed over the years, and he never ceases to amaze me. Love is the Answer is a gem indeed and I highly recommend this record.

Phillip Smith / Philly Cheeze's Rock & Blues Reviews (January 2021)
 


Tony Spinner is definitely not the first to come up with the glorious idea of countering all adversity with a heavy dose of love. Naughty, somehow, but lovable and with all the desperation most likely the obvious answer.

The new album by the blond slap from Arkansas is unmistakably entitled "Love Is The Answer" and shines with a fine dozen blues-rock numbers that come along with lightheartedness and plenty of passion. Guitars galore. Blues rock in trio format, but not in the dull way, but tastefully with all sorts of verve and the not so easy to create ingenuity that this closely circumscribed genre allows.

The former TOTO sidekick has never disappointed with all of his solo albums in the last ten or fifteen years. Mr. Spinner has that special something. "Love Is The Answer" comes with the same heartbeat as usual, but the pulse beats healthy, steady and strong. This album is alive, so to speak, gives strength and joy, serves as a refreshing oxygen shower.

Tony Spinner's voice sounds as usual good and youthfully fresh, while his various overdubbing guitar tracks give the impression that we are dealing with a small, three or even four-man strong patrol. Guitar freaks will love it. Stratocaster rules. And if one or the other of them should be missing the right words, then we'll stick with Tony Spinner's new, absolutely recommendable album "Love Is The Answer".

Frank Ipach / Hooked On Music (January 2021)
 




 


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