It's been a busy old couple of years for the young British Bluesman Scott McKeon. After all the praise heaped on his 'Can't Take No More' album, he's been out on the road winning friends and admirers, even snagging the opening slot for Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Sheryl Crow at the Hard Rock Calling show in London's Hyde Park.
He must have made an impression as David Ryan Harris from John Mayer's band pops in to add some vocals to the Babyface song 'Talk To Me'. Yes, Babyface. There's also some guitar from Robbie McIntosh on a couple of tunes, including his own 'Scarecrow'. But the album will rise or fall on the basis of McKeons performance, and his 10 original tunes.
And it's good. Although like many others, he seems to feel the need to make an early departure from the Blues. He admits that he "wanted to be able to incorporate bluesy guitar soloing into a more soulful rock environment", and that's certainly true on most of the material here, with slivers of funk creeping into numbers like 'I Can Tell'. Maybe he's had a taste of John Mayers success, and wants more. It works for me, but some will feel alienated. But this is a young man making inroads into the world of "Guitar Hero 5", so he's wisely looking for a younger audience than me.
The days when people would compare him to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King may be passing quickly, but as long as he continues to write songs as good as the title track and 'Broken Man', then I'll be a happy man.