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Album Review

It is impossible to look at the front and back covers of Stoney Curtis' debut album, Acid Blues Experience, without thinking of the psychedelic era; the trippy artwork on this 2005 release is very psychedelic-inspired, recalling album covers of the '60s and '70s — and musically, Acid Blues Experience does, in fact, have some psychedelic influences. But this 68-minute CD is never psychedelic in a power pop way; Curtis doesn't cover the Strawberry Alarm Clark's "Incense and Peppermints" or the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever." Instead, the psychedelic influences on Acid Blues Experience are blues-rock and hard rock influences (including Jimi Hendrix and Cream), and the singer/guitarist's influences do not end or begin with the psychedelic era. George Thorogood & the Destroyers and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan are among the post-'60s influences, while the pre-psychedelic influences include electric Chicago blues greats like Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Buddy Guy. Put all of those influences together, and you have a smart, focused blues-rock/hard rock disc that gets its inspiration from different eras and paints a very attractive picture of Curtis as both a vocalist and a guitarist. Although Curtis is an excellent singer, it would be a mistake to think that his guitar playing is simply guitar playing in service of his vocals; Curtis' guitar chops are a vital part of his musical identity, and the burning instrumental "Mulholland Shuffle" demonstrates that he can be expressive even without vocals. Curtis' second album, Raw and Real, is a bit more essential than Acid Blues Experience, but even so, this is an impressive and promising debut from the Chicago native turned Los Angeles resident.

Customer Reviews

Acid Blues Experience

this cd is alot more than I expected, a friend at work told me about him and am glad I got it, highly recommend...just rips that guitar apart at times and the title " Acid Blues Experience " ...lives up to the name....thanks Dale

Acid Blues!!!

The one that started it all!! Last Train to Chicago!!!!
Check out Raw & Real and the new release, Cosmic Conn3ction!!

70s style Hard Rock fused with Chicago Blues!
Buy it! Download it! Love it!!

Acid Blues Experience, Stoney Curtis Band
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Rock, Blues-Rock
  • Released: Jul 19, 2005

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