Blues Matters! review
A purposeful and biting guitar intro pulls us straight into this set as 'going to Ground' tells a contemporary blues tale, with a strong structure and flow to boot. This is a set of originals with a nice sense of space and conviction in the lyrical delivery. Our man Kirkpatrick has a strong suit in punchy intros and most of these numbers could start a live set, no problem. An edgy slide sound is also featured to great effect. A veteran of several quality bands and a current conspiritor of Thea Gilmore, this chap has a good ear for a song and a natural arrangers sixth sense, presumably put to use with his other project Heavy weather. I like the tinge of acoustic/Americana that comes to the fore here and there. The album plays well as a result and 'Heavy Weather' is strikingly near Roadhouse/Storm Warning territory, as such a good performance or two would likely put Mr Kirkpatrick in Blues Matters! readers' good books.