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