Tommy McCoy – Late in the Lonely Night
“This set showcases Tommy and his working band (anchored by bassist Big Al Razz and drummer Pug Baker) doing what they do best: contemporary electric blues. McCoy’s confident vocals and concise, stinging guitar connect like a laser beam from first note to last. He’s a strong songwriter too; there are only two non-originals on this entire set (well-chosen ones at that). Listening to this set makes it obvious what Michael heard in Tommy’s repertoire. There’s a strong sense of tradition within the Warren, Ohio native’s up-to-the-minute approach; his primary influences on guitar include B.B., Albert, and Freddie King and T-Bone Walker.
The steady-simmering title track opens the set in an atmospheric minor-key mode before McCoy lays down the law on the sleek and clever “My Guitar Won’t Play Nothin’ But The Blues.” “I’ve got a big old Gibson guitar; it has paid its share of dues,” declares Tommy, who writes from personal experience… The saucy “Never Shoulda Listened” is a swaggering vocal duet with Karyn Denham powered by Liz Pennock’s muscular barrelhouse piano, while the funky “Angel On My Shoulder, Devil On My Back” is driven by Baker’s marching drum groove and spiced by the pungent slide guitar of young Joel Tatangelo.
“I try to point out the dichotomy between positive and negative,” says McCoy of its storyline. “It’s got kind of an eerie feel to it.” Rick Hatfield’s harmonica winds through the tempo-shifting “Scattered And Smothered” (no feuding between Hatfield and McCoy here), while the R&B-tinged “Language Of Love” sports more tasty female vocal backing from Denham. There’s also room for a lighthearted “Dance Your Pants Off,” and “Spacemaster” features high-energy give-and-take between Tommy’s axe and Pug’s traps. “We do that, and the crowd just goes nuts,” says Tommy. The introspective “Life’s Tides” is a distinct departure from the rest of the disc. “That’s what I call one of my inspirational songs,” says Tommy of the latter. “It started off as a poem.”
CD4966 Tommy McCoy – Late in the Lonely Night
- Late In the Lonely Night
- Angel On My Shoulder, Devil On My Back
- Never Shoulda Listened
- Too Late to Turn Back Now
- Space Master
- Language of Love
- Cars, Bars and Guitars
- Life’s Tides
- Dance Your Pants Off
- Treat Her Like a Lady
- My Guitar Won’t Play Nothin’ But the Blues