Most sixteen-year-olds are preoccupied with things like getting a driver’s license or a date to the prom. Then there’s Will Tucker, definitely NOT your typical Tennessee teen. Raised in Memphis, he’s proficient on drums and piano, and is a brilliant guitarist. A blues lover from the cradle, he was discovered by Tommy Peters, owner of the Memphis B. B. King’s Blues Club, and young Tucker now holds down weekend gigs in that historic venue.
His fans clamored for some recorded output, so he and producer Paul Speer hit the Ardent Studios in Memphis, and the result is “Stealin’ The Soul,” nine cuts that showcase his huge guitar chops and vocal delivery that belies his youth. Four of the cuts were recorded on Beale at B. B.’s place, and feature the Will Tucker Band, who are Joe Boogie on keys, Randy Middleton on bass, and Pete Mendillo on drums.
The set kicks off with a cool original tune, where Will tells a two-timin’ lover that “I won’t be Your Sacrifice.” It’s built around a funky riff and some sweet backing B-3. Will’s love for southern rock is exemplified in both “You Don’t Love Me” and “Stormy Monday,” with heavy guitar and B-3 interplay that will remind some of the old-schoolers out there of the early Allman Brothers. And, we tip our hat to the young man for having the stones to pull off a boisterous cover of the King’s “Burnin’ Love!!”
Hands down, tho, our favorites were an amped-up juke joint version of “When The Levee Breaks” and a rocked-out version of “Johnny B. Goode” with some solos that are reminiscent of Michael J. Fox’s version during the film “Back To The Future!”
Sheryl and Don Crow - Nashville Blues Society Review
Edited by Skyline223 on 5 Jan 2010, 07:42
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