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A Little Wiser

by Alastair Greene

Guitar driven blues influenced hard rock ( blues rock ) with a dose of southern rock and acoustic styles mixed in.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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1. Ramblin' Mind
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2. Get My Wings
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3. A Little Wiser
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4. Chico
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5. Other Side of the World
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6. Off the Edge
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7. The Long Way Home
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8. Love Too Strong
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9. I Know You Love Me
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10. Sing Me the Song
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11. 3 Bullets
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Alastair Greene started playing guitar at age 15. Originally inspired by Hard Rock guitarists such as Jimmy Page, Jake E Lee, and Eddie Van Halen, his life and musical course was altered when a friend loaned him B.B. King’s ‘Live At The Regal’, Buddy Guy’s ‘A Man and the Blues, and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s ‘Couldn’t Stand The Weather’. Alastair attended the Berklee College of music from 90-’92 and has since been performing and recording around Southern California since the early 90s. His playing can be heard on his own CDs as well as recordings by Alan Parsons (Alan’s 2004 release ‘A Valid Path’), drum legend Aynsley Dunbar, Mitch Kashmar (Delta Groove recording artist), Bad Astronaut, world renowned Blues guitarist Frank Goldwasser, as well as a number of CDs by many independent artists.

QUOTES:
" If you long for the rock of the early-mid '70s, when it was dominated by players influenced by the blues, this one's for you."
Vintage Guitar Magazine

"If you are starved for '70s era influenced hard rock blues a'la Allman Brothers or Stevie Ray Vaughan you would do well to check out guitarist/vocalist Alastair Greene's debut CD A Little Wiser. Greene displays a monstrous ability for full-on blues rock anthems. While some blues purists will no doubt chafe at his distorted Gibson bombast, those who prefer their blues amped up should be deafeningly pleased."-AMG MUSIC GUIDE

"Alastair is one of the best rocking blues guitarists I've heard in a long time."-James Shane, Canned Heat

"You would think someone with this much talent would be a household name."-Blues Onstage

"The Albert King cover song "Love Too Strong" demonstrates Greene's ability to nail an expressive slow blues, with an ultra-tasty solo that will take your face off as the intensity peaks."-Guitar Nine Online

'A Little Wiser' is one of the best blues/rock albums I've ever heard."-Martin Popoff, Southern Rock Review


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andrewg

I enjoyed the CD very much!
This CD has great cuts on it. The guitar work is excellent! I've been playing guitar for about 30 years now and I'm always looking for music that inspires me. Alastair's music style is the type of music I enjoy playing and listening to. Definitely a great CD to add to your collection of fantastic guitar playing. If you enjoy blues/jazz rock guitar, this CD is a must have!

Minor 7th Webzine


Slip Alastair Greene's "Chico" into your CD player and you're reminded of Eric Johnson's mature and thoughtful acoustic fingerstyle instrumental "Song for George" on his great blues/rock classic "Ah Via Musicom". Go one or two tracks on either side of "Chico" on Greene's self-titled debut CD, however, and like Eric Johnson's CD you are blown away by some of the most blistering and authentic power blues since the heyday of SRV, Johnny Winter and the Allman Brothers Band. Alastair Greene clearly has more than one voice and one volume, though, as evidenced by the acoustic numbers on this release. "The Long Way Home" is a clever acoustic re-jiggering of a twelve bar format in minor mode which creatively integrates mandolin and banjo (also played by Greene), and features a very non-bluesy vocal chorus which soars in a produced but likeable way similar to Edwin McCain. The acoustic slide on this number betrays the likelihood that Greene's spent some serious time listening to Duane Allman, or more recently, to Warren Haynes. Still, this is overwhelmingly an electric blues album which smokes very close to the point of combustion at all times. "Love Too Strong" is a "slow" blues that cooks in the way that "Stormy Monday" from the Allman's "Live at Fillmore East" also did. "Get My Wings" opens with a Hendrix-ism straight from "Crosstown Traffic", and thankfully, little such Hendrix-isms are heard all over this recording so that one is reminded that Jimi's music didn't die with him in the 60's. It just takes a gifted guitarist like Greene to remind us.

Stein Øvrum

a very enjoyable piece of work
A little wiser is a very enjoyable piece of work, for someone like me, who just loves rock the southern way.

Tom Branson-Bluesrockers

Impressive debut from hot blues based guitarist.
Greene is a multi faceted guitarist, solid vocalist, and exceptional song writer. Within the body of this work, you will find elements of blues, blues/rock, southern rock, alternative, and it includes impressive work both with and without amplifiers. Greene's guitar work is ferociously aggressive, distorted, and wah-wah loaded at times but gentle as the new fallen snow at others. (Please read more by following the review link above.)

Yomoe

Regional Talent ?
Since finding 'A Little Wiser' on CD Baby's site, I find myself listening to it more often than my normal rotation of discs. I like GOOD blues/rock/slide/acustic guitar - my normal rotation of discs includes Duane, Rory, Kenny Wayne, Jonny & Chet. And Alastair is right there with em.

Al

Blistering tasty gravy!
After sampling a few cuts on the CDBaby website, I was blown away enough by this disc to instantly buy it. Absolutely smoking tone, and great examples of the way I personally like my slide guitar ("A Little Wiser"). ....And "Love Too Strong" might be the best slow blues tune I have heard in a long, long while. OK, way too much to get into, so stop reading, start buying, and start being amazed.....

Mark

Great blues rock CD
This should be on a major label. The playing is on par with anyone currently playing this style. The CD flows very well and the playing is fantastic.

Kim

Great blues rock CD
Excellent blues rock !!!!! five stars!!!

Paul

Fantastic
I found this album a couple of years ago recomended by CD Baby and I am hooked on Alastair. I am in the Boston area and wish he woyuld get out this way at some point because I would be there. I have bought everything thst he has out and have not been disappointed nor will you. This man is an up and comer!!!!!
Thank You Alastair and keep it up.

Chris Puyear

Killer guitar, lots of style, WOW covers it!
If you like your blues with a hard driving edge, or maybe what you could call jamming blues, Alastair is your man. There are several, very different styles on this CD ranging from nice and slow to blistering fast. You get some Wah-Wah, distortion, but acoustic too. The majority are hard guitar driven songs, all but two were written by Alastair. I talk about guitar work a lot here, I must say the vocals are well done too. The band behind Alastair deserves a lot of credit too, I would think just keeping up would be something, but they really do a great job.
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Overall…. If I had to pick one artist that this Cd would remind you of, it would be Kenny Wayne Shepard. If you are a KWS fan you should buy this one, many of the songs run along the same road a his music, bluesy, rocking, jamming lines. Alastair is different, and does a lot of different styles, but it does bring Kenny to mind, maybe even the Black Crows on one track too.
I hear bits and pieces of all kinds of music in this one, that’s good too, lots of influences, make lots of music, with a little something for all. Again, down home delta blues it ain’t, hard hitting, jamming, even rocking blues it is......For the whole story visit www.moblues.org