AaRon key­lock CuT againsT THe grain Provogue

Guitar Techniques - - REVIEWS -

Teenage UK blues rock gui­tarist, Aaron Key­lock sure has a lot of en­ergy on his de­but al­bum. In­flu­ences from Led Zeppelin to The All­man Brothers via Johnny Win­ter and Rory Gal­lagher abound, cre­at­ing the sense that Aaron has an ad­mirable vin­tage set of mu­si­cal val­ues. The 11 songs were writ­ten over sev­eral years; Just One Ques­tion (a long and ex­pres­sive slow blues) at 13 years old and Fall­ing Again (great acous­tic and slide play­ing with a sear­ing solo) at 16. From many live gigs and work­ing with rock pro­ducer, Fabrizio Grossi the songs are up­front and rich, with ad­mirable dy­nam­ics as re­gards ar­range­ments, tem­pos and oc­ca­sional time sig­na­ture changes. As for the gui­tar play­ing, Aaron shows a lot of prom­ise - strum­ming, riff­ing, slide melodies and bold blues scale so­los. With a strong lean­ing to­wards up­beat, riff-fu­elled songs (Spin The

Bot­tle is great), this could be your next car jour­ney’s play!

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