"The BLUES is my PASSION & THERAPY"
Pete the Blewzzman
www.Mary4Music.com

2011 "Keeping The Blues Alive" Award Recipient

"Still Standing"

Bobby G

with Curtis Grant, Jr. & The Midnight Rockers

Third Street Cigar Records

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © July 2017

Going with the "It's never too late" theory, Bobby G finally decided it was time to release his debut CD - at the age of 73.  In many cases, that's the age where long time veterans of the genre finally get their long over due recognition anyway, however that was not Bobby's reasoning.  Being born into a poor family on a plantation in Mississippi, like everyone else, Bobby G seemed destined to be a cotton picker - which he started doing at the age of seven.  If there could ever be an upside to that, it may have been that in the area where this all took place, he was fortunate enough to become exposed to the blues by the likes of B B King, Mississippi Slim, and Bobby Blue Bland.  That said, more than cotton was planted in those fields.  By the time he was fifteen, he knew that one day he'd harvest those blues seeds sown in inside his soul.

Fast forward some fifty years or so, during which Bobby G: escaped to Ohio;  made a living working odd jobs; raised a family; and eventually retired from a thirty-nine year career working for a municipality.  With his dues having now been paid, the time was right for him to introduce the world to Bobby G - the bluesman he was really destined to be. 

"Still Standing" Features Bobby G on Vocals; Curtis Grant Jr. on drums; Larry Gold on guitar; Johnny "HiFi" Newmark on bass, and Johnny Rawls on keyboards and guitar.  With Johnny Rawls - the perennial nominee and often winner of many soul blues awards - having written or co-written all of the disc's ten tracks, you'd be correct in assuming that this one's loaded with soulful blues.

Although not written by him, it sounds like the title track - "Still Standing" - was written for and about Bobby G.  It's the sincerity he puts forth singing about much of his life's happenings - some good, some bad, some he's proud of, some he's not - and the matter of fact way in which he states that in spite of it all, he's "Still standing and wouldn't change a thing" that kind of gives the song an autobiographic feel.  Musically it's got a bit of a nostalgic groove, kind of reminiscent of a soul/disco fusion.  Surely one for the dancers.

On a ballad titled "Good As Gold", it's Larry Golds' guitar intro that had me knowing I was in for some serious, slow and low down blues.....and that's just the way I like it.  With the rhythm locked into one of those tight, slow grooves that this type of song calls for, Larry and Bobby are all over it.  It's only the second track in and I'm making the early call that I could very well be listening to some of the disc's best blues guitar work right here.  Vocally, I honestly don't think Bobby can get any more emotional and soulful than what I'm hearing right here as well, but I so do hope I'm wrong.  Real deal blues at it's best.

"Love, Love, Love" is a smoker that leans more towards a soul rock vibe.  Led by a dramatic and constant group handclap, the rhythm is very hard driven, the guitar leads are quite assertive and the growling, gravelly voiced vocals are intense.  Different yet excellent.

When Bobby G tells you he 'woke up this morning with "The Worst Feeling" he ever had', he does it with such conviction that you'll be thinking he really did - and that's exactly how a song should be sung.  Additionally, Curtis and "HiFi" - on the drums and bass - are doing one heck of a job with the rhythm while Larry, once again, is like 'gold' on the lead guitar.  

This one's a real feel good song.  Whereas it once felt so good for Bobby G to escape Mississippi it now "Feels So Good" for him to return.  Once again you can just hear the excitement in his voice as he sings of being back home in Greenville, hanging with some old friends and checking out some old stomping grounds.  

Other tracks on "Still Standing" include: "Ball And Chain", "Little Bitty Woman", "Movin' On" "I Almost Love Youand "Party Man".

Besides this being Bobby's debut disc, it's also the debut disc for the record company - Third Street Cigar Records, founded by John Henry - a blues enthusiast, promoter and club owner.  John has assured me that in addition to hearing a lot more from Bobby G, there will be many more recordings on his label from many more blues artists, as well.  Now that's what I call good news.

To learn more about Bobby G and Third Street Cigar Records just go to the label's website at www.thirdstreetcigar.com.  Once you're there, please tell Bobby and John that the Blewzzman sent you .

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro

Blues Editor @ www.Mary4Music.com

2011 Keeping the Blues Alive Recipient 

        

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"Still Standing" Features Bobby G on Vocals; Curtis Grant Jr. on drums; Larry Gold on guitar; Johnny "HiFi" Newmark on bass, and Johnny Rawls on keyboards and guitar. With Johnny Rawls - the perennial nominee and often winner of many soul blues awards - having written or co-written all of the disc's ten tracks, you'd be correct in assuming that this one's loaded with soulful blues.