Once upon a time, Native American guitarist Micki Free widdled his way through some storming AOR as a member of Crown Of Thorns, a band I saw put on some cracking live shows. But these days he's plying his trade in the world of blues-rock. It's a world away from backing the likes of Prince and Janet Jackson, but this is obviously what stirs his blood.
Now, there is no denying that Mr Free is a really talented guitarist. He wouldn't have been hired be the likes of Gene Simmons and Bill Wyman if he couldn't strum a chord or two. However, with his own band he also takes care of the vocals, and no-one is going to claim that singing is his forte. And it's something that does tarnish what is a good set of blues rock tunes. That and the drum programming. I know you've got to save the pennies these days, but it doesn't really work with the blues.
But let's look at the good stuff. There are some sweet tunes here with 'Co-Co Gin', 'Hole In The Heart Of The Blues' and 'Greens and Barbeque', the best of the bunch. Some folks say he's following in the footsteps of Hendrix, something I don't get myself, but he certainly plays up to the comparison with a live version of 'Red House' (featuring former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman) and a 17 minute version of Hendrix's 'Voodoo Chile Blues', which overstays its welcome so much, I had to nip off to the locksmith to get the locks changed in case it came back.
It's a good album, but the guitar paying outweighs everything else by a mile.