Michael Williams Band: Fire Red Review

It would seem that Michael Williams will cement his status as a rising blues superstar with the release of the album Fire Red. Teaming up with the legendary producer Eddie Kramer, Fire Red is a clash of soulful blues music and fiery guitars to create one of the best blues/rock albums of the year.

The album opens with two naturally cool tracks, “Hey Baby” and “No More Suffering”; both are summery songs with great, catchy riffs, soulfully expressive vocals, and just ooze with a chill vibe. Within these two tracks Williams displays his ferocity and proficiency with some wicked solos throughout. “Entre Tus Ojos” is the odd one out in the record. A track with a passionate Latin/Spanish sound complete with Spanish guitars and arpeggios, layered with harmonized Spanish lyrics. The track could to some seem a bit misplaced considering the rest of the songs on the album. “Bet Yo’ Mama” is a good rock track despite the suspect, unsubtle lyrics; however more of Williams’ incendiary guitar riffs and soloing carries the track. “Fire Red” is classic heavy rock tune with loud, aggressive guitar licks and solos. “If You Let Me” follows the same assertive heavy rock tone; The track is dominated by wailing guitars, pounding drums and crashing symbols. “Lately” is a beautiful track. It’s slow blues with a soulful vibe and Williams’ voice echoing with a tranquil, calm tone. The music flows, soars at times and flutters magnificently. The Final track “Dead And Gone” has a sweet, cheery melody, accompanied by morose lyrics, the track has a tender tune to it and an effective closing track on the album.

Fire Red is brilliant. It’s funky, soulful, and genuinely brings back the spirit of classic hard rock. Williams and the band’s excellence comes from their ability to create catchy melody hooks and great scorching guitar riffs, and solos that makes Williams the hottest new blues guitarist.

The Review: 9.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Hey Baby
– No More Suffering
– Fire Red
– Lately
– Dead And Gone
– If You Let Me

The Big Hit

– Hey Baby

Review by Josh May

Buy the album: Amazon | iTunes

Pete Francis

Pete Francis is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blues Rock Review. Pete founded Blues Rock Review in 2010 because he felt there was a major void in how the blues rock genre was covered. Pete is the host of Blues Rock Weekly and a co-host on the Blues Rock Show.

2 thoughts on “Michael Williams Band: Fire Red Review

  • Josh,

    We appreciate the support and have added your review to our mailing list and press pack!!!!

    let me know if you can make any of these shows!

    Feb 18 Clearwater, FL Knology Clearwater Blues Fest w Buddy Guy
    March 1 Napa, CA Uptown Theatre w George Thorogood
    March 2 Redwood City, CA The FOX Theater w George Thorogood
    March 4 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club Theater w G. Thorogood
    March 7 Visalia, CA Visalia Fox Theater w George Thorogood
    March 8 Anaheim, CA House of Blues w George Thorogood
    March 29 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House w Jonny Lang
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    May 13 Cleveland, OH House of Blues w Jonny Lang
    May 15 Greenville, SC Handlebar w Jonny Lang
    May 16 Durham, NC Carolina Theater w Jonny Lang
    May 18 York, PA Pullo Center w Jonny Lang
    May 19 Richmond, VA The National w Jonny Lang
    May 20 Annapolis, MD Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

  • dick and linda are big fans aunt linda is computer illiterate but can cook all of you come and stay again to rest michaels throat we love you michael lance ryan bye


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