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Let It Slide

by Sterling Koch

The "Slide Ruler" returns with another album of Red Hot Blues featuring the soaring sounds of the lap steel guitar....
Genre: Blues: Slide Guitar Blues
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1. Shape I'm In, Pt. 1
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2. Shape I'm In, Pt. 2
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3. Wrong Side of the Blues
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4. Mercury Blues
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5. Blow My Mind
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6. It Hurts Me Too
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7. Too Sorry
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8. I Don't Know Why
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9. Lonely Avenue
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10. My Baby's Hot
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11. I Wanna Be Your Driver
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12. I Only Want to Be With You
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13. Working Man's Blues
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sterling Koch returns with a new album "Let It Slide," the follow up to his very successful 2011 release "Slide Ruler." "Let It Slide" includes 13 songs, 8 originals and 5 covers, of varying blues and blues/rock styles. The cover songs include songs by Elmore James, Doyle Bramhall (I and II) and Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac) as well as the single "Mercury Blues" by K.C. Douglas. "Let It Slide" features Gene Babula on bass and John Goba on drums taking over for Tommy Shannon (Double Trouble) and Chet McCracken (Doobie Brothers) from the "Slide Ruler" album.
Sterling only began to play the lap steel in 2004 as the result of a neck injury, a herniated disk. He had previously played the conventional 6 string guitar for 35 years. Sterling specializes in playing slide guitar blues on the lap steel guitar and is widely acclaimed as one of the foremost propnents of the lap steel guitar. He has previously released 4 solo CDs of steel guitar blues music, "Slide Ruler," "Steel Guitar Blues, "Steelin' Home" and "How I Spent My Summer Vacation."


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Greg Hogg

"Let It Slide" Review
Sterling Koch has released his latest studio CD…..
“Let It Slide” is full of Sterling’s lap steel guitar
wizardry and his well delivered baritone vocals. Seven tracks on “Let It
Slide” are Sterling Koch originals and the other 5 tracks are tastefully selected
cover tunes that fi t his lap steel application.
This CD was recorded with the fellow Sterling Koch Band
members who performed at our September 2012 IBC event,
Gene Babula on bass guitar and John Goba on drums and few
other friends.
Among Sterling’s originals, I particularly like ‘Lonely
Avenue’, the lap steel instrumental track and ‘Working Man’s
Blues’. The cover tunes I most like here are ‘Mercury Blues’ and
‘It Hurts Me Too’. No slouches on this CD, it is solid steel from
start to fi nish!
The Sterling Koch Band is a regularly working trio
that has been expanding their gig territory…look for them
somewhere out on the blues highway. Pick up “Let It Slide”, you'll like it!!

Blues Network

"Let It Slide" Review
Sterling Koch (pronounced Cook) is a nationally recognized Lap Steel Guitar player, whom hails out of Pottsville, Pennsylvania (USA), and specializes in "playing Chicago-style, slide guitar blues in a contemporary style on the lap steel guitar." "Let It Slide" marks his 5th solo album dedicated to steel guitar music, his previous one being "Slide Ruler", which was my first acquaintance to Sterling Koch's music, and which an excerpt of my review of that album was, "All in all, "Slide Ruler" was the huge treat that I thought it would be, and more. Great Vocals and Guitar work by Sterling, along with not only well written tunes on his part, but well interpreted covers for the rest of the Tracks."

"Let It Slide" consists of 13 Tracks, of which Sterling Koch either wrote or co-wrote 8 of them. The other co-writer, on 2 tracks was Freida Gantt. For the 4 covers Sterling chose a very interesting mix, which included, "Shape I'm In" (Marc Benno/Doyle Bramhall), "Mercury Blues" (K. C. Douglas/Robert Geddins), "It Hurts Me Too" (Elmore James/Marshall Sehorn), and "My Baby's Hot" (Rick Vito). Sterling Koch is joined on "Let It Slide" with Gene Babula (Bass) and John Goba (Drums), which make up his touring band. Additional performers for 1 Track each, were Larry Adam on Keyboards ("I Only Want To be With You") and Jennifer Dierwechter, Backing Vocals ("Working Man Blues").

"Let It Slide" starts the ball rolling with a 1 minute opening intro based on "Shape I'm In", after which he lets the fur fly with a Slidefest driven Country Blues feeling number. Those that like the Slide are going to love this one.

"Wrong Side Of The Blues" offers up a really nice 3 piece band feel where one gets a good feel for not only the Guitar playing but also the great full Drum and Bass beat.

With "Mercury Blues", Sterling Koch slows down the tempo a bit on one hand, and on the other, he pumps up the excitement with his grinding Slide work. Exceptionally well done cover of this great song.

"Blow My Mind" brings us all we love from 3 piece bands, such as ZZ Top, with the hypnotic beat of the Drums and Bass, while the Guitar does the job of bringing it all home. Track 8, "I Don't Know Why" Track 10, "My Baby's Hot", also have this really fine grooving feel to it.

"It Hurts Me Too", once again slows it down a bit and lets us all truly absorb not only Sterling's amazing Guitar work, but also his equally great Vocals, which are absolutely perfect for the style of music he performs. This one was certainly one of my favorites.

The remainder of the album spends a lot of time kicking up the volume and the tempo, offering up some really good Rockin' Guitar Driven Blues, of which I particularily loved, Track 7, "Too Sorry", Track 11, "I Wanna Be Your Driver", and the final Track, "Working Man Blues". "Working Man's Blues" also featured great Backing Vocals from Jennifer Dierwechter.

I must say, I really enjoyed Sterling Koch's previous release, "Slide Ruler", and was really looking forward to hearing his next release. With "Let It Slide", my anticipation was greatly rewarded, as Sterling Koch and crew, have once again put together a real winner, and certainly have showed us why Sterling is considered amongst the very best Lap Slide Guitarist going.

Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)
http://www.bluesundergroundnetwork.com/

Bman's Blues Report

"Let It Slide" Review
Sterling Koch: "Let It Slide" (Full Force Music - FFM118)
I just received the newest release, Let It Slide from slide guitar master Sterling Koch and it's a blast! I really enjoyed Koch's last release but this one literally blows the doors off! Opening with a short interlude on an acoustic hollow body lap steel Koch opens the carps and lets out with the electric onslaught. Shape I'm In, a countrified blues track with a rock beat, is full bore! You like slide...you've come to the right place! Wrong Side Of The Blues has a more traditional blues rhythm led by Gene Babula on bass and John Goba on drums. Koch has a take no prisoners attack on his slide and even has a bit of wah sound added in. Cool track. We've all heard Mercury Blues done by different artists such as Steve Miller and Dave Lindley but Koch takes his own take on it and it isn't by any means a regular cover tune. Koch is really establishing himself as one of the dominant slide players to watch with his performance on this recording. Blow My Mind has a driving bass and drum line and Koch really is developing as a decent singer to match with his slide guitar playing. Blending both conventional electric and lap steel guitars Koch is giving the steel guitar a new face playing Hendrix and James style riffs. A real standout track on this release is It Hurts Me Too and with a different timbre and attack than other slide players who have covered this track, Koch establishes his as one that should be heard rather than an also played. Too Sorry is a cool Texas style blues track by D. Bramhall and Koch delivers a great rendition of it. I Don't Know Why, another of the 8 original tracks on this release is a bit lower key but shows strong rhythm and enthusiasm. Lonely Avenue is a great ballad style track.. almost like a soundtrack/theme song but played on slide. Nicely done. My Baby's Hot is structured like something right out of Elmore James songbook. Koch's slide work shows real control and taste. I Only Want To Be With You takes a solid dirty blues style but the guitar work is more distinctly lap steel in sound. The riffs are hot and the singing is strong. This guitar is just crying to be rubbed! Ending up with Working Man's Blues, a bit more of a rockin' blues Koch leaves you wanting more. Although I liked Koch's earlier release, I must say this may be the surprise recording for me so far this year. If you really love slide guitar, this is a must have!
Bman

Jim Price

Homegrown Rocker:The Professor's CD Corner
STERLING KOCH – LET IT SLIDE (Full Force Music) Slide guitar meister Sterling Koch can’t make a bad album. The proof is in the pudding on his latest set of sounds, Let It Slide. After Koch collaborated with Stevie Ray Vaughan bassist Tommy Shannon and former Doobie Brothers drummer Chet McCracken on his last album, Slide Ruler, Koch recorded Let It Slide with his current live band associates Gene Babula on bass and John Goba on drums. The sound is again strong, driving electric blues, with Koch’s slide guitar and gritty vocals front and center; with his rhythm section propelling things forward with a convincing wallop. Koch and his bandmates mix up the blues flavors throughout the disc. A swamp blues intro sets listeners up for a boisterous update of Doyle Bramhall’s “Shape I’m In,” setting the tone for the rest of the album. Koch depresses the accelerator several times, including his original boogies “Wrong Side of the Blues” and “I Don’t Know Why,” his rip-roaring blues rocker “I Wanna Be Your Driver” and the disc-ending shuffle “Working Man’s Blues.” The album stomps along vibrantly with updates of K.C. Douglas’ “Mercury Blues” and Rick Vito’s “My Baby’s Hot,” and another Koch original, “Blow My Mind.” And Koch slows it down a few times as well, notably on Elmore James’ “It Hurts Me Too,” his slide guitar instrumental ballad “Lonely Avenue” and his love ode “I Only Want to Be With You.” Koch’s slide guitar work shines throughout the album; he speaks through the instrument, emoting and expressing himself through each solo display. His voice displays appropriate grit and soulfulness to seal the deal and sell this set. Produced by Koch, his wife Mary and the Badlees’ Bret Alexander, Let It Slide sounds rock solid and consistent, and flows along smoothly from start to end. Sterling Koch solidifies his stature as ‘slide ruler’ with Let It Slide, yet another rousing set of passionate blues rock that will easily get toes tapping and heads bobbing. This is well worth sliding into your CD player.