Soul Stack: Big Red Review

Jon Knight and Soul Stack are the latest arrivals from a seemingly growing blues scene in Canada; hailing out of Ontario, the blues quartet made up of Jon Knight (singer, guitarist), Tom Bona (drums), Mark Wessenberg (keys) and Josh Knight (bass guitar) made the album in two days, which shows in the free flowing, seemingly improvised roots music that makes the album a great listen. Soul Stack has produced a truly great, soft, easy listening blues album.

The core style of the album is roots blues as every song feels like a throwback to the old style of the blues, which the band refreshingly bring back to us with tracks like “Stone Cold Man,” “Since You Came Around,” and “In Your Mind.” All these tracks are harmonized expertly by the entire band and have splendid flowing technique. Occasionally when the music breaks, the playing of the drummer keeps driving every song effectively; expertly done. Combine this with the great little guitar diddley parts in each track that makes for great blues. There is also a gospel element to some tracks in particular with “In My Time Of Dying,” a great rendition and real soulful recording. There’s definitely an infusion of jazz within most of the record, particularly in tracks “Desperate Times” and “Holy Roller,” which are heavy laden with jazzy style piano while also having some wonderful, sultry guitar licks. The last three tracks on the album are all exceptional. “Let Me Be Your Fool” is an acoustic country track with superb guitar playing and harmonization by Knight.

Musically this album is great; every member of the band plays their part competently sounding like a well seasoned band. It’s effortless, absorbing and extremely well executed blues with a number of influential music styles, which makes the album flow magnificently with each song as good as the last. Big Red is the most soulful album of the year so far and a must for everyone to have on their summer playlist.

The Review: 9/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– In My Time Of Dying
– Desperate Times
– In Your Mind
– Let Me Be Your Fool
– Holy Roller
– Miss Me

The Big Hit

– Let Me Be Your Fool

Review by Josh May

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