Zac Harmon – Mississippi BarBQ

 

Title: Mississippi BarBQ
Artist: Zac Harmon
Label: Catfood
Formats: CD, Digital
Release date: July 19, 2019

 

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Zac Harmon knows barbecue like he knows the blues: intimately! No wonder the award-winning blues singer and guitarist has chosen to celebrate grill season in the South on his latest album, Mississippi BarBQ. Like many young folk, Harmon was beckoned by the bright lights of Tinseltown and spent many years in L.A. as a studio musician, songwriter and producer—including a stint at Michael Jackson’s publishing company, ATV Music. After writing songs for R&B artists such as The Whispers, The O’Jays, and Karyn White, Harmon decided to return to his roots and released his first blues album in 2003. What is immediately apparent on his latest effort are the dual strands of his musical influences, or in more colloquial terms, the soul seeps into his blues like barbecue sauce into pork. Continue reading

Zac Harmon – Right Man, Right Now

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Title: Right Man, Right Now

Artist: Zac Harmon

Label: Blind Pig

Formats: CD, MP3

Release date: August 28, 2015

 

 

Mississippi-born musician Zac Harmon is a triple threat whose versatility as a singer-songwriter, guitarist and organist is on full display in his latest release Right Man, Right Now. A blend of traditional and original songs penned primarily by Harmon, the album features eleven supremely funky tracks that draw from blues, R&B and rock. This complexity is accomplished through a large compliment of assisting musicians. In addition to Harmon and his band (Buthel on bass guitar, Cedric Goodman on drums, and Cory Lacy on keyboards), he’s added a dozen top studio musicians including Jimmy Z on harp and sax, BR Millon and Gregg Wright on guitar, and the late James “Hot Dog” Lewis on keyboards. And that’s not all. Lucky Peterson joins Harmon on three outstanding tracks: the opening party song “Raising Hell,” the emotionally charged slow burner “Stand Your Ground” (“You shoot me down with no reason / just to stand your ground”), and “Hump in Your Back,” which also features a kicking horn section and an extensive guitar solo by Bobby Rush. Here’s the first single from the album, “Long Live the Blues”:

In addition to five dueling guitarists and top notch backing musicians who really dig deep into the groove, Right Man, Right Now is also made exceptional by Harmon’s vocals. Not only can he sing the blues, but he can croon with the power and conviction of Marvin Gaye, and get down and dirty in the lower register. This album is highly recommended for fans of contemporary blues.

Listen on Spotify here.

Reviewed by Brenda Nelson-Strauss