The album is A Day In Nashville and that’s an apt title as Robben Ford recorded this album in Nashville in a single day! The best part is the music doesn’t sound like a rush job at all. The songs are superbly crafted, well written and crammed-full with performances by a superb musical talent.
Robben Ford is one of today’s premier guitarists. Little wonder he’s been selected as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists by Musician magazine. He’s a five-time Grammy nominee and has played with the best including George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Greg Allman, and Larry Carlton.
Trying to select the favourite songs on this cd is as difficult as what faces a kid at a 100-flavour ice cream store. All the songs are unique but so well structured, they seem so familiar as if you were there when this album was tracked.
My personal favourite has to be the bluesy, Midnight Comes Too Soon, one of the seven new compositions by Robben Ford. It has the classic blues tone, and indeed, someday down the road, it just may become a blues classic. Ford’s sweet but controlled guitar brings the midnight hour to a vivid bright dream in the listener’s mind. His solos on this tune take your breath away.
Green Grass, Rainwater is another winner. It’s the rocking opening song on the cd and from the first beat you’re tapping your toes. He exclaims that Mexico was a disaster …
“Spent my fortune on breakfast of scrambled eggs and beer”
You just can’t help but break out a smile, ‘cause you just know there’s more of the same to come.
And then there’s Ain’t Drinking Beer No More. It’s a light-hearted tune that points out what happens when the years go by.
“It’s time I turn this boat around
Keep gaining pound after pound
I’m going back to the shore
Ain’t drinking beer no more”
It’s a fun-filled jam with Robben’s guitar complementing some great trombone sliding.
Other highlights include two strong instrumentals, Top Down Blues and Thump and Bump plus the classic tune Poor Kelly Blues gets a solid refresh.
Cut You Loose is a James Cotton tune that features Robben’s guitar against the background of some funky organ keys.
The cd wraps up with Just Another Country Road, which just makes you want to hear more. Thanks goodness someone invented the repeat button because this cd is worth listening to over and over.
Take Robben’s distinctive voice and tight guitar, mix it with some great tromboning and killer organ work and you have A Day In Nashville. It’s one winner of a cd.
If you ever get a chance to see him in concert, don’t miss the opportunity. He puts on demonstration of guitar mastery you’ll never forget!