Les Lucky – Frets and Hammers
Veteran session player, band leader and music director at the Stanhope House, Les Lucky puts all his skill on display on his solo debut Frets & Hammers. The twelve song collection of rootsy, poppy, easy going tunes were written, recorded and performed entirely by Lucky on guitar, bass, keys and percussion. One could call this a demo album taken to the extreme as Lucky fleshes out all the arrangements with a fluidly weaving compliment of instruments on each track, even echoing himself with his own vocal backups. Strongest among the tunes are the country blues rambler “Lone Wolf,” and the hard luck story “When the Deal Goes Down.” The slinky soul of “Stop Talkin’ Around It,” with its groovin’ piano riff could be a great live band tune that would fill a dance floor.
Rick J Bowen