Chase Away Your Blues
This is the first full-length release from piano player/singer John 'JT' Thompson. A completely solo effort, he mixes Old-School Blues & Boogie-Woogie with contemporary style and sensibilities. ~ The first tune, 'Pat's Cafe', is a brief instrumental homage to the barrelhouse and boogie-woogie masters that influence so much of JT's playing. And, it's played on the piano that graces the album cover - the very one JT learned to play on. ~ 'Chase Away Your Blues' is an uptempo romp that does just what it promises - makes us forget about all the bad stuff, and feel better about life. ~ 'The Boss Told Me' is a one-chord grind through the travails of modern-day work - it may not be hard labor, but we still get the Blues... ~ The 4th tune, 'Sugar Free', is the only cut not written by JT. As he swings through this tune by Dallas TX-based guitarist Paul Byrd, however, you know he knows what he's talking about. ~ Every town has some street where all the action is. New York has Broadway, New Orleans has Bourbon Street, Memphis has Beale Street. In this mid-tempo Ragtime-inspired instrumental, JT tells us about all the action on 'High Street,' in his hometown of Bellefonte, PA. ~ #6, 'Southern Bell,' is a bold statement about Love. I think he married that girl... ~ 'Chicken Bone,' cut #7, is about just being happy with whatever you got. ~ JT tackles the 2010 BP tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico - and our global addiction - in 'Cold Firey Lake (Oil In The Water).' ~ 'Murphee's Boogie' - another instrumental - gets our toes tapping and takes us home.