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October/November 2015

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Dave Weld
Slip Into A Dream
Delmark Records

Dave Weld

I first heard Dave Weld back in the late ’80s, when he was part of Li’l Ed & the Blues Imperials, backing Li’l Ed Williams on rhythm guitar on the band’s first album for Alligator, Roughhousin’. Weld was a part of the Blues Imperials for nearly a decade, leaving to form his own band, The Imperial Flames, which quickly became one of Chicago’s favorite blues bands with Weld’s amazing guitar work holding center stage. Recently, Weld released his second album for Delmark Records, Slip Into A Dream, a first-rate set of Chicago-styled blues and soul.

The title track kicks off the disc and has a definite Magic Sam West Side vibe with some scorching guitar work from Weld, who also sings with his musical and life partner Monica Myhre on this track. Next up is the aptly titled “Sweet Rockin’ Soul,” and Weld really tears it up again on guitar. Myhre takes the mic for the sassy “Lookin’ For A Man,” backed by Mr. Bobby Rush on harmonica. The punchy “Take Me Back” features the horn section from the funk/jam band The Heard, and “May Be Right, May Be Wrong,” is a churning rocker.

Rush also appears on the albums’s lone cover, a rowdy reading from Weld’s mentor J.B. Hutto, “20% Alcohol.” Most of the songs were penned by Myhre, who shares composer credits with Weld on a few numbers. Mhyre’s vocals are a perfect complement to the band’s wild spirited attack and she shines on upbeat numbers like “Louise” and more soulful fare such as “Sweet Love (Dulce Amor)”. Weld himself wrote the incendiary “Tremble,” which features Sax Gordon on, what else, sax (one of three tracks Gordon appears on) and some positively dangerous slide guitar from the man himself.

Longtime Imperial Flames drummer Jeff Taylor contributes funky lead vocals on “Dorothy Mae,” a fun track in the style of A.C. Reed which Taylor also wrote. The rest of the band includes Dave Kaye and Greg McDaniel (bass), Harry Yaseen and Graham Guest (keys), the Chicago Horns, and guitarist Greg Guy. That last name may pop up again someday……he’s Buddy Guy’s son and this is his recording debut. It won’t take long for listeners to see (and hear) that the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.

For fans of old school, downhome, roof –raising Chicago blues, Slip Into A Dream will not disappoint. Dave Weld is one blues guitarist who should be in your radar, if he’s not already. He and his band are making some mighty music.

--- Graham Clarke
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