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Blind To Reason

Grayson Hugh

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Album Review

Blue-eyed Southern soul singer Grayson Hugh deviates from his strident tenor a couple of times on this album. The material is solid. Name-brand musicians (bassist Fernando Saunders and guitarist Rick Derringer) and vocalists (including Audrey Wheeler and Will Downing) accompany Hugh on highlights such as "Talk It Over" and "Hard Life."

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Just awesome!

Such an underrated gem! Solid album!

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How he has never become a bigger star amazes me. Wish he had recorded more- such a talent.

This Album Is Brilliant!

Why iTunes chose the ONLY dismissive review of this album EVER written to use in their store is beyond me. I looked it up and the reviewer’s name is Andrew Hamilton, and he writes for the pompous self-declared “authority” on “all music” service called All Music Guide. Hamilton clearly has no ears, no imagination and certainly no good judgement about truly original soul music.
This brilliant major label debut album by singer/songwriter Grayson Hugh was acclaimed around the world, spawned several global radio hits and went on to go Gold in the U.S. and overseas.
So readers beware: Pay No Attention to the pathetically short “Album Review” on the iTunes page above. Instead, Do Pay Attention to what a real writer, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. wrote in his glowing review of “Blind To Reason” n the November 1989 issue of Musician Magazine:

 "Irony fans, please note: The soul man is a dinosaur in decline, right? Al Green went and got religion, Dennis Edwards is in exile from The Temptations again and, let's face it, Luther Vandross is way too cool to sweat.
  So who's left to save the genre? Some down-and-dirty black powerhouse who grew up in a suburb of Hell, singing in the local church? Not quite. He's a white guy from a suburb of Hartford, Connecticut. And the first time he was ever in a black church and saw somebody whip out a tambourine, he jumped a mile. Meet Grayson Hugh and the music he likes to call "poetry with an attitude".
  "That's sort of a phrase I've come up with that seems to describe my music", he says. "It's loud and it's a little audacious and it's moody and it's in the setting of a band playing live. It's not just a beat with empty words."
  Nothing empty about Hugh's brilliant debut album, "Blind To Reason". The single "Talk It Over" is a smooth, deftly executed Sam Cooke reprise; the album's title track is brutal, raw dog blues. Nothing empty about his resume, either. The gravel-voiced 31-year-old grew up with the prerequisite love for black music. Unlike so many other "blue-eyed" soul men, though, he followed the music to its spawning ground, walking in "audaciously" to apply for a job as pianist at a little black church.
  "Y'know", he says, "the first few times I played people were a little amazed to see me, being the only white and really young. But after two or three Sundays I remember this woman, the mother of one of the singers, got up and just said, in the middle of the service, 'I know this boy is doing something a little different, but he sound okay to me'".
  Of course, after nine months they fired him, Hugh says, because "they really wanted an all-black church."
  He survived. And roughly a decade later Hugh is back with a debut album that serves notice: Of the currently active soul men, he is, arguably, the best in class. It's hard to improve on what the woman said: Yeah, he's doing something a little different, but he sounds okay to me.”

  - Leonard Pitts, Jr., Musician Magazine, November. 1989 

Biography

Born: Connecticut

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

This elusive, Connecticut vocalist, pianist, and songwriter initially excited soul fans in 1988 with his second album, Blind to Reason, which was closer to gritty, gospel-tinged soul than almost anyone was cutting at that time. The single "Talk It Over" made the pop Top 20, and both the single and album went gold. Grayson Hugh assembled a band and toured incessantly. Due to record company machinations, Hugh's second effort, Road to Freedom, landed on MCA in 1992. Two of its tracks, "I Can't Untie...
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