Bob Rasero - NOT GONNA WORRY
Bob Rasero, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist of The Renovators has released his third solo CD. Not Gonna Worry is an acoustic guitar driven collection of mostly new material with some fresh arrangements of old favorites. The album was co-produced by fellow Renovator and bandmate Al Hemberger. With Al on bass, Bob is joined by the third Renovator, brother Ted Hemberger on drums. Matt Noble adds additional bass and programming. The songs are written by Bob with contributions from Al, Ted, Bob Mayo, Tom Percoco and Don Epstein.
This great sounding disc represents what Bob and the boys sound like when they are playing in a café or an intimate room where attention to songcraft is highlighted. Songs about love lost, love rediscovered, pain and lonliness, work and struggle, and just plain fun are all here in a very well-recorded and polished package.
The title track, "Not Gonna Worry", sets up the disc with a free-flowing, rockin' acoustic groove that celebrates the idea that it's about time we leave our worries behind and just sit back and enjoy life. Next is "Ain't That Enough" which cries with the frustration that a good man has trying to convince his lover that he has given his all. "The Do Without" is a fun, country-style rave up about the need for us all to remember that the best things in life are truly free. "Who's to Blame" is a fine, soulful remake of a Renovator blues classic. Then comes "Lonely Christmas" which expresses the pain that too many people feel being alone during the holidays. "Little Garden" is a rockin', fun blues about a man teasing his lover into an all nighter. "Baby I'll Try" soulfully describes the refrain of a guy trying to get it right, again and again. "River Song" is another remake of a great Renovators song, this time simply stated on slide guitar and vocal. "With These Hands" and "Lonesome Whistle" take these classic Renovators songs back to their roots, where they rock with acoustic soul and power. The disc closes with "Even," a beautiful melody coupled with a sad lyric of loss and frustration. All in all a fabulous collection of songs written, recorded and produced by a very talented and soulful group of musicians.