This is one of those releases that makes it exciting to be a reviewer. Gaar is a blues vet with highly seasoned vocal chops, and I’d be willing to bet (and I’m not a betting man) that every reader of this magazine of baby-boomer age would dig this effort just as much as I! There’s nothing not to like.
A rare combination of ingredients that makes the “chill factor” once again a reality to this somewhat jaded writer/player.
Whenever a cut can evoke the dual emotion of chills and tears simultaneously, you know they be on to something. Gaar, as a producer/vocalist, is all the way there! He has assembled an all-star cast of musicians including Allman Brothers alums Jack Pearson and Johnny Neel, and Neville Brothers guitarist Shane Theriot, the licks (and grooves) just keep on comin’.
Gaar’s writing ranks right with Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, and a cut like “You Didn’t Lie” would be right at home with either Ronnie Milsap or Robert Cray. If you think I’m kidding, check out “Willingly” (and Jack’s solo) and “Truth Is,” then call me in the morning.
This one is highly recommended. Lousiana Red Hot Records, PO Box 53273, New Orleans, LA 70153
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Sep. ’00 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.