· VAN WILKS - 21ST CENTURY BLUES (VWTCB) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. STRANGE GIRL
02. DRIVE BY LOVER
03. GOLDDIGGER
04. JUST WALK AWAY
05. THERE'S A SIN IN THERE SOMEWHERE
06. 21ST CENTURY BLUES
07. WHO'S FOOLIN' WHO
08. SHE MAKES ME CRAZY
09. IF I WERE A RICHMAN
10. CAN'T STOP THINKIN'
11. LIVIN' ON BORROWED TIME
12. MIDNIGHT CROSSING


FORMAT: Audio CD / Digipack w/Booklet
VWTCB - $13.99

Excellent new studio disc by this outstanding blues/rock guitar legend from Austin. Includes 12 tracks of awesome, dynamic, blues-based, soul-powered, heavy guitar tracks that are guaranteed to rock your blues away. Van Wilks is a superb guitar slinger with 1st rate musical chops and strong songs who unleashes a bad-ass, earthy, low-down, retro-fied set of tasty, electrified, rockin' blues on the essential "21st Century Blues" disc.

Highly recommended to fans of Van Wilks' excellent previous discs and to people who dig ZZ Top & Billy Gibbons, S.R.V., Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, Warren Haynes, Craig Erickson, Bryce Janey, Tony Spinner, Bugs Henderson, Buddaheads & all other top-shelf, old-school guitar rockers.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. STRANGE GIRL
02. DRIVE BY LOVER
03. GOLDDIGGER
04. JUST WALK AWAY
05. THERE'S A SIN IN THERE SOMEWHERE
06. 21ST CENTURY BLUES
07. WHO'S FOOLIN' WHO
08. SHE MAKES ME CRAZY
09. IF I WERE A RICHMAN
10. CAN'T STOP THINKIN'
11. LIVIN' ON BORROWED TIME
12. MIDNIGHT CROSSING

 

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· reviews ·

Texas-based guitarist Van Wilks is back with his first studio album in ten years, '21st Century Blues'. This album is a stunning mix of blues and rock. Featuring twelve blistering tracks from the veteran Texas Blues-Rocker, except one track all originals. From the opening salvo of "Strange Girl", Van Wilks leaves you in no doubt what to expect from this album, race-tuned blues of the sort people used to play when "guitar hero" was a compliment rather than a put-down. From there Van Wilks serves up a variety of moods and tracks, where he showcases his talent for playing well-structured songs and stupefying guitar solos. His playing is tasteful, dynamic, blindingly virtuosic and above all else, soulful in every sense of the word. As you can hear and feel on, "Drive By Lover", "Who's Foolin' Who", the laid back groove of, "Just Walk Away", "Golddigger", the smoking title track and "She Makes Me Crazy". The album also features amazing guest performances from Grammy-winner Christopher Cross and Austin vocal hero Malford Milligan, both of whom appear on “She Makes Me Crazy,” a song written by Cross (who also plays guitar on the track) with Milligan adding his trademark dynamic voice. Also featured on the album is the legendary Billy F. Gibbons, who co-wrote “Drive by Lover” with Wilks, a song that made its initial appearance on an earlier ZZ Top album. The solid performance from the rest of the band keeps every track consistently fresh and interesting. Hands down a welcome return for Van Wilks and '21st Century Blues' is a genius piece of work by a genius of a guitarist. It is so difficult to describe this man and his talent. Genius with feel is about it really. - Highly Recommended.

Tony Sison / The Dedicated Rocker Society (December-2016)
 
 


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