"Fifty Shades of Blue" by Anthony Geraci and the Boston Blues All-Stars on iTunes

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Anthony Geraci-‘Fifty Shades of Blue'

Steve Douglas,

Within the first ten seconds of Track 1, “Everything I Do Is Wrong,” with its soulful lyrics borne aloft by the distinctive vocals of Darrell Nulisch and the sweet, but commanding guitar tones of Monster Mike Welch, it is apparent that this album is an excellent collaboration of talent and expertise.
Pianist and composer Anthony Geraci has a long résumé of blues connections in a career that has spanned from his early days in the house band at the original House of Blues in Cambridge, Massachusetts to this current project, The Boston Blues All-Stars. Along the way, he has played with Muddy Waters, BB King, Little Milton, Big Joe Turner, Walter Horton, Big Mama Thornton, and countless other masters of the blues and was a founding member of both the Bluetones, with Sugar Ray Norcia, and Ronnie Earl’s Broadcasters.

On this CD, he is joined by his Bluetones colleagues, bassist Michael “Mudcat” Ward and drummer Neil Gouvin. The drumming on most tracks is provided by another Bluetones participant, Marty Richards (known for his work with numerous rock, jazz and blues luminaries). Throughout the album, fellow Bluetones member, Monster Mike Welch demonstrates his mastery of various guitar styles that brought him to be nominated for the 2016 Blues Music Award for Instrumentalist-Guitar, standing tall in that BMA category along with Anson Funderburgh, Kid Andersen, Ronnie Earl and Sonny Landreth.
Darrell Nulisch, well-known for his long affiliation with Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets, as well as his work with James Cotton and Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, provides the harmonica and most of the vocals on this CD. Alternate vocalists Michelle “Evil Gal” Willson and Toni Lynn Washington, both powerful singers, bring in some additional shades of blues.

The songs, varying from jump to shuffle to slow traditional blues, and even a country music number, were all written by Geraci. The variety in styles yields plenty of tasty piano, harp and guitar solos that feature the individual talents of the well-seasoned musicians.
Fifty Shades of Blue has brought Mr. Geraci and his project into the BAM spotlight this year, with four nominations: Best Album, Best Traditional Album, Pinetop Perkins Piano Player, and Best Song for the album’s title song.
The CD wraps up with “Blues for David Maxwell,” a beautiful instrumental tribute that echoes Maxwell’s own breathtaking style, fading out into an ethereal farewell with jazz-flavored piano and Native American flute at the end.
This excellent album deserves its BMA nominations and is well-worth adding to your shopping cart.

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