Hadden Sayers-Hard Dollar -CD review
Soul singer Ruthie Foster convinced Hadden Sayers to come out of retirement, pick up his guitar, and join her band a few years ago, and the world owes her a debt of gratitude. Hard Dollar, Sayers first release in the better part of a decade is triumph of musical wisdom earned only after years of hard knocks and broken promises. To his credit Sayers sound joyful and optimistic rather than bitter and cold while he sings blues -filled tales with a voice that evokes time tested character beyond his years.
The 13 songs of love for Texas and her sweet girls, hot cars, road trips, and the blues its self are delivered on sweet bed of what he calls Americana Blues. Sayers has found a pure combination of blues, country, rockin’ honky tonk, great guitar picking, and solid songwriting. His amazing duet with Foster “Back to the Blues,” is destined to be a classic, while “Sweet Texas Girls,” “Crush On You,” and “Hippie Getaway,” are radio ready tunes to be proud of. Sayers may not be the next guitar hero but he is a player who should get his due and some national attention. Let’s hope Hard Dollar strikes pay dirt.
Rick J Bowen.