Chris James & Patrick Rynn
Gonna Boogie Anyway
Based in San Diego, California, the duo of Chris
James & Patrick Rynn really belt out some good
blues, and Gonna Boogie Anyway is an
exceptionally good follow up to Stop & Think
About It, which was their debut album on Earwig
The album contains 12 tracks, of which four are
covers – “Money Don’t Like Me” (Robert Lockwood
Jr.), “Dearest Darling” and “Little Girl,” both Bo
Diddley numbers, and Jimmy Reed’s “Can’t Stand To
See You Go.” All four covers are excellent and
feature some classy piano work from David Maxwell
and Henry Gray, who take two tracks each.
The CD opens with “Money Don’t Like Me,” featuring
two saxophones from Jonny Viau and Allen Ortiz
backing up the rhythm section. This is a well chosen
opening track and sets the pace for the rest of the
album, making the listener want more and more.
Bo Diddley’s “Dearest Darling” follows with guitar
work from Chris James that could be the great Bo
himself. Tinkling piano from David Maxwell backs up
the upright bass of Patrick Rynn and the drums of
Willie Hayes, with Rob Stone on maracas. Then it’s
the turn of the first of the original numbers
written by Chris James, Patrick Rynn and Rob Stone –
“You Can’t Trust Nobody” – which goes to show that
these guys can write as well as they perform.
“Life Couldn’t Be Sweeter” features some Elmore
James-inspired slide guitar, and the two saxophones
pop up again, giving a slight ’50s feel to the tune,
and then we’re into track five, “H.M.Stomp,” which
is one of those tracks that you can’t listen to and
sit still at the same time – my favourite track on
the album, and I’ve played it so many times that
I’ve almost worn it out!
“Headed Out West” is played by a duo of James & Rynn,
and it doesn’t suffer from having a smaller line-up.
Unfortunately, it’s one of two tracks played just by
the duo, and it’s a shame that there’s not one or
The Jimmy Reed track, “Can’t Stand To See You Go,”
features Rob Stone on harmonica and Henry Gray on
piano, and it came a very close second to
“H.M.Stomp” as being my favourite – Jimmy Reed would
be proud to put his name to this one.
“Money Don’t Like Me” has a part two, an
instrumental version which nicely compliments the
earlier track and it leads into the last two tracks
of the album, “Black Spider Blues” – another track
played by the James/Rynn duo – and finally Bo
Diddley’s “Little Girl,” a neat way to tie up a
really good CD.
This is one for any blues collection, and I’m going
to play it and play it.
--- Terry Clear