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CD PAT TRAVERS CAN DO review

PAT TRAVERS

CAN DO

2013

 

WELCOME BACK?

 

Back in the days before the internet growing up outside the US and Canada Pat Travers was one of those semi-legendary names that you knew had a band, knew he rocked, knew he played guitar, had probably seen a few pictures of, or read about in the music papers but had probably not actually heard, unsure whether to risk a few dollars on an album by another North American gunslinger.

 

 


Years later I shelled out on ‘Crash and Burn’ which contained the great ‘Snortin’ Whiskey’ which is probably still one of his best known songs, but I must admit of late I wasn’t at all sure what Mr. Travers had been up to. Turns out of course he’s been producing albums ever since.

 

 


This is to be honest a pretty damn fine Hard Rock Blues album and to be blunt Pat really sounds pretty much the same as he did decades ago, which is great to hear. There’s grime in those riffs and solos that you can’t fake, it comes with the patina of years.

 

 


We’re also pretty happy that there’s nothing bad on here but if you forced us to pick favourites we might just say ‘Long Time Gone’ and ‘ Dust & Bones’ and the bluesier tracks ‘Red Neck Boogie’ and ‘Armed & Dangerous’.  

 

 


If anything though it’s the catchy as hell ‘Wanted’ that might win over those new to Travers. The big surprise though here is the cover of ‘Here Comes the Rain Again’ originally by the Eurythmics, which works better than you might imagine.

 

 


This sort of music never gets old, never goes out of style and I’m glad to be reacquainted with Mr. Travers after all these years. You should check this out too.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD PAT TRAVERS CAN DO review 2013