AJ Ghent (J-Ent): The Neo Blues Project Review

The Neo Blues Project is the debut studio EP from AJ Ghent. Ghent hails from Fort Piece, Florida and his grandfather, Henry Nelson, is the founder of the sacred steel rhythmic guitar style. Ghent’s great uncle Willie Eason is the creator of the sacred steel tradition, so obviously he has quite the pedigree.

The album kicks off with “Do The Rump,” a Junior Kimbrough cover, which shows off Ghent’s talents on slide. “Wash Ya Hair” is next followed by “Power,” which features a cool riff with fuzzy guitar and would fit great on a Gary Clark Jr. album. The album changes direction with the soulful “Mercy” and the stripped down “Long Lost Friend.” The Neo Blues Project ends on a high-note with “Gonna Rock,” a fun, retro, throwback rocker.

The Neo Blues Project is a great introduction to AJ Ghent. Ghent has a great pedigree, but shows he certainly has a lot of talent of his unknown. His ability to mesh blues, rock, funk, soul is very fresh. This is just the beginning for an emerging star on the blues rock scene.

The Review: 8.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Power
– Mercy
– Gonna Rock

The Big Hit

– Power

Review by Pete Francis

Buy the album: Amazon | Amazon UK

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