Greg Koch is one of those players with chops to spare. But he’s also got a wonderful sense of humor and despite his talent, doesn’t take himself too seriously.
Examples of his attitude abound on this album, on tracks like the slow blues “The Love Contractor.” Brilliant, soulful playing highlight the cut. Any fan of the wah-wah will eat this up on first listen. And the lyric is hysterical, even if it’s pointlessly obscene at some points. The scary part is, if you’ve ever had any work done on your house, there’s a ring of truth to it. You have to hear his version of “Folsom Prison Blues” with every form of lick imaginable… Attitude-wise, while some may think it scorches sacred ground, Johnny Cash would love it. “Bored to Tears” is a great shuffle with a solo that absolutely kills. Check out the run that finishes it off. Not your standard by-the-book blues soloing. “When Were the Good Old Days” has a bit of a Little Feat feel with chunky chords and fine slide. “Can’t Get There From Here” features fine funk-rock. “Your Face” is a boogie that avoids clichés and has a very clever lyric about someone who is, shall we say, untrustworthy. “Thems the Breaks” is a tour de force for Greg on both acoustic and electric. “JSK” is an atmospheric instrumental that features some imaginative soloing throughout.
It’s easy to love this disc and Koch’s playing – great chops, great imagination, and again, his sense of humor. It doesn’t get much better than this.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s April ’06 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.