Guest Reviewer: Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail

William Shatner The Blues Cleopatra

Stratford festival, Star Trek and now Smokestack Lightnin’.  Is there nothing William Shatner will not try? With an all-star cast of guitarists including Albert Lee, Brad Paisley, Steve Cropper, Ritchie Blackmore, Sonny Landreth, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Pat Travers, the shame-free Montreal-born thespian butchers blues standards with gusto and cartoonish hysteria. There are some places one needn’t boldly go, and this album is one of them.