Bye Bye Mr. Blues
After three years of touring, rehearsing and writing new material finally here it is: the much awaited and long anticipated Randy Rich & the Poor Boys album Bye Bye Mr. Blues! A declaration of love with a beat, this platter sports refreshing diversity, many original compositions and, above all, an altogether positive tone. Thanks to a variety of instrumentations and rhythms paired with a healthy dose of hipster attitude, we are presented with several styles from the realm of good music. Needless to say, in store are a couple of flat-footed rockabilly songs, including the catchy Tonight Little Darling, a loose, melodic piece that will have you hum along right after the first few bars, and You Can, which stands out with it's somewhat unusual drum accentuation and chord changes, loosely resembling classics by Narvel Felts as well as providing one or two lyrical nods to the King of Rockabilly, Mister Carl Perkins. Written and recorded in honor of legendary SUN artist Glenn Honeycutt on the occasion of his 71st birthday comes Mr. All Night Rock, a homage that, of course, does not claim to be historically accurate but rather is supposed to express how much the band has embosomed Glenn both as an artist and a friend. However, the album features not only effectively stripped-down thumpers but also a few fluid piano pounders, an absolute highlight being the obscure Johnny Burnette cover Rockin' The Town. This sax-fueled, energy-driven track has a distinctive raw edge to it and resembles various wild SUN rockers. On Finders Keepers, another Burnette composition, the vocals are taken by the singing drummer boy Wassilly, who is best known for his heart-throbbing hillbilly crooning. A selected quantity of sentimental love songs, as the country-flavored title track Bye Bye Mr. Blues, rounds things out and, along with two nifty fingerpicking instrumentals in the style of Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, proves once again that music does not have to be frantic, loud and fast to be highly enjoyable. Thus, No More Rain with it's vocal harmonies and strong acoustic rhythm guitar, much in the vein of celebrated late-fifties balladeers, and the sincere, heart-warming Your Picture Tells Me manage to leave us with the desire to hug our girls and to bye-bye Mr. Blues...