Alastair Greene Band | Walking In Circles

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Walking In Circles

by Alastair Greene Band

A burning new disc from acclaimed Southern California blues rock guitarist virtuoso featuring 6 originals and 5 covers spanning Chicago, Texas, and British Blues.
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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1. Walking in Circles
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2. Look Out Baby
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3. Drunk Again
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4. Get Out of My Life, Woman
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5. Don't Lose Your Cool
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6. Say What You Want
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7. Pocket Full of Change
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8. Cut You Loose
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9. Back Alley Strut
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10. Merry-Go-Round
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11. Give Me Back My Wig
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Since his 2002 debut CD ‘A Little Wiser’, Alastair (known as ‘AG’ by friends and fans) has released 2 live CDs and a collaboration with French blues guitar hero Frank ‘Paris Slim’ Goldwasser on Riatsala Music. He has also played guitar on recent releases by Alan Parsons (2006 Grammy nominated ‘A Valid Path); Aynsley Dunbar (2008 release ‘Mutiny’); as well 2 CDs on the Delta Groove Record Label, Frank Goldwasser’s 2007 release ‘Bluju’ and Mitch Kashmar’s 2006 release ‘Wake Up and Worry’. The Alastair Greene Band has been performing live for over 10 years in various incarnations. Alastair still performs regularly with Mitch Kashmar, Frank Goldwasser, and other blues and roots acts. He is also a frequent guest with the Alan Parsons Live Project.

Alastair’s new CD ‘Walking In Circles’ features 6 original songs and 5 covers ranging from the Elmore James-influenced title track and the deep Muddy Waters vibe on ‘Pocket Full of Change’ to the Gov’t Mule-style reading of ‘Get Out Of My Life Woman’ and the hard-boogie ZZ Top-inspired interpretation of ‘Cut You Loose’. Mitch Kashmar (currently playing with 70s latin-funk band WAR) lends his legendary harmonica playing to 5 tracks as well as piano on a pair of songs. The Albert Collins classic instrumental ‘Don’t Lose Your Cool’ is given an original treatment in which Alastair and Mitch play the melody in unison before throwing down a couple of terrifying solos. The groove and title of ‘Back Alley Strut’ (an AG original) reflects the influence funky New Orleans band The Meters, while the comical ‘Drunk Again’ is a shuffle reminiscent of the updated Jimmy Reed style that the Vaughan Brothers popularized in the early 80s. AG also utilizes his first instrument (the tenor saxophone) on the fast swing ‘Look Out Baby’, which may feature the most blazing guitar solo on the record.

‘Walking In Circles’ is Alastair’s tribute to his Blues heroes and influences as well as his bid to re-establish himself as one of the era’s best up and coming blues-rock guitarists. Of his new CD, Alastair said, “I love this music and want to be respectful of the form and history yet still be true to myself and my musical goals. If that means things start to rock out, get experimental, loud and crazy, or I choose to cover more traditional territory, it’s all part of what I love about the blues and its musical off shoots.” None other than Alligator Records founder Bruce Iglauer recently told Alastair, “You definitely have talent. I’m hearing you as being a strong player with a good blues-rock feel and some real chops.” Legendary British studio wizard and solo artist Alan Parsons was quoted as saying, “Alastair should be out playing with the biggest bands in the world. I believe it's just a matter of time.” Regardless of quotes, resumes’, and high profile names, ‘Walking In Circles’ is sure to perk up some ears, put some smiles on some faces, and get some feet tappin’. It may even inspire some booty shakin’, head bangin’, and spontaneous partyin’. The Blues is for everyone, from “those about to rock” to those in their rocking chairs. Alastair will show you how and why.


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John Vermilyea - BluesUnderground Network

I give this CD, my highest rating, Five *****
I give this CD, my highest rating, Five *****
When the first two words you hear on an album are "Ahhhh Yeah", you kind of expect that you are in for a great ride, and that is exactly what the Alastair Greene Band does with their newest release, "Walking In Circles".
The Alastair Greene Band is the next Big Blues Power Trio, Bar None!

Natalie Perez - All Access Magazine

Funtastic!
Alastair Greene Band a three-some trio of musicians consisting of Alastair Greene (Vocals/Guitar), Tom Lackner (Drums) and Jim Rankin (Bass) have banded together to bring to you a collection of attributing tunes they couldn't live without expressing. Some of the tracks that tend to stick out the most includes "Get Out Of My Life, Woman," "Say What You Want," "Cut You Loose," and "Merry-Go Round". The instruments really work well together showing off their off-beating tempo rhythms with eye popping vocal cord tactics balancing it all out. It puts the fun back in "funtastic" letting Alastair Greene Band show you exactly how it’s done.

Bob Daisley - (Bassist for Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Uriah Heap et

A Good 'Un
Although 'Walking in Circles' is categorized as a blues album, it should make a broad spectrum of ears prick up and take notice. It embodies all-round quality, mature and honest playing. It's a good'n.