Apparently our music hits a chord in Europe! Earlier this year we were contacted by a Greek publication wanting to interview us, and then recently a Belgian publication called ROOTSTIME.BE wanted to do a review of our latest CD “Look Out!” If you can read in Dutch – check out the review HERE, if not – below is a translated version of the review. Enjoy! And remember that you can get “Look Out!” on iTunes, Amazon, many online music retailers, or order the hard copy version of the CD (cover art, disc, and all) through our website.
Lookin’ for Trouble is a quartet in California, culled by guitarist Greg(ory) Conte, due to his great love for the guitar and his outstanding composing and arranging skills. He enlisted three additional professional musicians, April Snow -aka April Kass – (vocals), Don Romine (drums) & David May (bass). The objective of LFT is traditional blues music with new, fresh contemporary arrangements. The blues songs they choose, go back to the 20s through the present day. By combining blues, rockabilly, swing and a little Rock & Roll, they make their own type of music. LFT is not just a blues cover band, they write their own songs too!
On the album “Look Out!” are seven tracks, five of which were written by Conte, along with covers of Buddy Guy and Elmore James. The opener is a rocker “Baby Get Ready” (G. Conte), in which April Snow already demonstrates her vocal capabilities. The rhythm is tight, and the guitar brings a great rock & roll sound quality and tone. “Lookin ‘For Trouble” (G. Conte, A. Kass), another blues rocker, is the first of the three compositions by Conte & Kass. Conte opens immediately a long solo and April Snow follows sultry, but measured. The second composition of the duo “Look Out” (G. Conte, A. Kass) is a slow blues tune with Snow in the spotlight. Snow can also be very soulful out of the blue. “Thunderbird” (G. Conte, A. Kass) is the third composition of the duo. The song rocks and Snow and her companions again show their chops. “Blue Shadow” (G. Conte), is the second composition of Conte. Brace yourself, because the momentum is there in this beautiful, uptempo instrumental! There are still seven minutes, forty-three seconds of blues to go, with two covers.
The Buddy Guy song “I Smell Trouble” (Buddy Guy) is a slow blues number. The LFT cover is mainly driven by April’s vocal timbre, and compared with the original, is tighter and with more emphasis on the instrumental. The song lacks some spice, and misses at times the feeling that Buddy Guy delivers in his version. What do you want, Mr. Guy is not a ‘little boy.’ This brings us to the second cover, and the last track to review from this album, “It Hurts Me Too” (Elmore James.) Who doesn’t know this classic? Hailing from the Richland community in Mississippi, Elmore James (1918-1963, also known as Elmore Brooks) sang the blues, and played on a homemade guitar. He played with folks like Robert Johnson and Sonny Boy Williamson I. He debuted in 1951 with recordings on ‘Lillian McMurry’s Trumpet Records. He recorded more than 100 songs and soon became known as ‘King of the Slide Guitar’. With his raw ripping music, he laid the foundation for what eventually became Rock & Roll. If you listen to Elmore, you hear every note and feel the whole song (and especially his slides) in your body. April Snow opens up wrenching, gets raw, and throws open the doors for others. In the cover song there is less contrast, but a lot of spirit, and it definitely tells a story.
Whether the debut album “Look Out!” by Lookin ‘For Trouble is the beginning of more, time will tell. I was pretty impressed with this first introduction!
- Eric Schuurmans (Rootstime.BE)