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Best "new" voice in music

Toronzo Cannon is all that is right in music and in people. A bus driver by day, the man has pursued his passion against all odds. His sound is a delicious blend of classic blues, Jimi Hendrix, and lyrics that can only be written from a life fully lived. Give me the Toronzo way!

Toronzo Cannon-The Chicago Way

Toronzo Cannon ‘The Chicago Way’
Alligator.com
A blues guitarist and singer Toronzo Cannon is most certainly on his way up. Relatively not as well known as many of the top blues artists who have come, gone or stayed, Toronzo Cannon has my money bet on him to rise to the top of blues artistry and based upon this new CD release on the Alligator label, there should be many more to follow.
‘The Chicago Way’ is one very powerful release with several tunes this middle aged reviewer can relate to.
‘Bad Contract’ applies to anyone who has gone through a divorce; it’s lyrics are so true and yet the song really is humorous as is Toronzo’s ‘Midlife Crisis’ which will have you chuckling to yourself as the truth of aging hits home, “ I’m 50 acting like I’m 22, I’m having a midlife crisis”. Recorded after Toronzo headlined the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival, Toronzo delivers on all counts with searing guitar work, heady vocals and a powerful backing band. You cannot be disappointed with any of these cuts which feature only original tunes ranging from torrential blues anthems to shuffles that will knock your socks off, and ballads that break your heart. The truth in the opening cut ‘The Pain Around Me’ is spot on with lyrics that speak of the poverty, hypocrisy and heartbreaking loss in the world he sees, all supported by a driving rhythm section to bring it all home.
There is no doubt Toronzo’s Chicago influences are there. You can hear them as clear as day, Muddy Waters, Son Seals, Buddy Guy would be proud of their influence. Normally before I write any CD review, I give them a few weeks of listening which equates to roughly 15 full plays....just for the sheer enjoyment of it, I’ve played Toronzo Cannon’s ‘The Chicago Way’ considerably more times than that.

Looking forward to Chicago fest 2016

Steve Douglas: You didn't mention the Tyrone Davis influence. I'm sure you heard Cold World on his 2013 album. So good. So "Turning Point." Saw him playing with the young bluesters at the Blues Kids tent. Toronzo will be taking over the throne in Chicago if Buddy sadly ever stops.

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