Jason Buie hails from Vancouver Island where he’s said to be one of its finest guitar players. He certainly plays very well here and puts that talent to very good use on some fine rocking blues originals on this, his third CD. Keyboard ace Dave Webb provides the other lead instrument with George Fenn on bass and John Hunter on drums. The lead off song, the rocking “Fool From The Start” is immediately a highlight as is the excellent jump blues “Westcoast Daddy”. “Driftin’ Heart” is an attractive rambling song with a loping country-ish feel. Buie is a fine singer but chose to channel Howlin’ Wolf for “Government Man”, a diatribe based on “Smokestack Lightning”. “12 O’Clock Check Out” will appeal to anyone who spends time on the road. The standard “Cold Cold Feeling” might be the best example of his masterful guitar work but all the songs here will interest lovers of electric blues guitar. Webb’s piano work on “House Party” and “You’re Sweet” is particularly delightful. There is nothing fancy here, just straightahead bluesrock by a hot quartet, good songs & fine playing. Buie’s web site shows him currently wishing for a ‘12 O’Clock Check Out’ during a tour of Alberta, I hope he’ll find his way here soon.

In addition to his touring schedule Buie is the Artistic Director of the White Rock Blues Society in Surrey, he’s a co-founder along with Harpdog Brown and Rod Dranfield, and hard at work on a new Blues In The School program there. Check out www.jasonbuieband.com for song streaming and more.

John's Blues Pick October 2017 - Morgan Davis