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Night Walkin’ Dave Brewer The Planet Com­pany ★★★★✩

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Steve Creedy

WHAT is it about guitarists from Perth called Dave? Tal­ented sand­groper Dave Hole be­came the first for­eign artist to be recorded on clas­sic US blues label Al­li­ga­tor Records af­ter mes­meris­ing au­di­ences in the West Aus­tralian cap­i­tal for years. Now an­other Perth-based Dave, Brewer, is mak­ing his pres­ence felt, fol­low­ing up his ex­cel­lent 2008 solo de­but with an­other world-class ef­fort. Brewer cut his teeth with the Elks be­fore join­ing the Dy­namic Hep­notics, the Mighty Reapers and the catholics. He isn’t a flashy gui­tarist but, like all the best blues­men, knows where the notes are and uses them to bril­liant ef­fect. Night Walkin’ takes us on a groove-packed jour­ney with some sub­lime gui­tar work that lends it­self to wind­ing down with a long, cold drink watch­ing an In­dian Ocean sun­set or, for the less for­tu­nate, imag­in­ing one. Like its pre­de­ces­sor, this al­bum has a clean sound and Brewer has en­gaged ex­cel­lent tal­ent to back him up. A tight rhythm sec­tion of drum­mer Ric East­man and bassist Wayne Freer is com­ple­mented by in­spir­ing key­board work on Ham­mond B3 by Clay­ton Doo­ley. Pedal steel mae­stro Lucky Oceans and gifted harp player Dave Billing also add to the set. While there is an over­all blues un­der­tone, Brewer takes a more ex­pan­sive jour­ney with tracks Go­ing out Night Walkin and the cruisy I

Won’t Ever Let you Down. Billing’s harp and Brewer’s gui­tar on Run­nin’ with That Man en­sure this is an al­bum that keeps giv­ing un­til the last track. If you like Ry Cooder, you’ll love this.

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