Blues

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

Blue Skies Matty T Wall Only Blues Mu­sic For a place its in­hab­i­tants like to call one of the most iso­lated places on earth, Western Aus­tralia has al­ways seen its fair share of gui­tar tal­ent. Rock­ers John Meyer and Johnny Diesel, slide­meis­ter Dave Hole, pedal steel king Lucky Oceans, roots leg­end John But­ler and blues gu­rus Phil Man­ning, Dave Brewer and John Heussen­stamm are among those to have called it home.

Now there’s a new tal­ent break­ing out of the dusty west and his name is Matty T Wall. Wall has been im­press­ing West Aussies for some time and his de­but al­bum demon­strates why. Recorded in Perth and New York, Blue Skies is mostly mod­ern elec­tric blues and it’s ob­vi­ous from lead track Burnin’ Up, Burn­ing Down that Wall not only knows his way around a fret­board but can pen a de­cent tune.

All but three songs on the al­bum are orig­i­nals, the ex­cep­tions be­ing a drum-driven ver­sion of Robert John­son’s spooky Hell­hound on My Trail, an up­beat ren­di­tion of Keb’ Mo’s Am I Wrong? and a solid cover of Jimi Hen­drix’s Voodoo Chile. Hall has a de­cent enough voice and can shred with the best of them, romp­ing through songs such as Scorcher with fiery skill and the able back­ing of Jasper Miller on drums and Stephen Walker on bass. But he also demon­strates a good feel for slower num­bers in Love has Gone Away, a song rem­i­nis­cent of Gary Moore’s Still Got the Blues, while show­ing a thought-pro­vok­ing flex­i­bil­ity as a song­smith in cuts such as the soul­ful This is Real and in­stru­men­tal num­ber Smile.

This im­pres­sive de­but marks Wall, now on his in­au­gu­ral na­tional tour, as well worth watch­ing as he de­vel­ops what are al­ready strik­ing skills.

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