Sean Chambers is back, and should there be any doubt he may have tamed down in the interim between Ten 'til Midnight (here) and now, rest assured no such thing crossed his mind even for a nanosecond, opening Live with a psychedelic blues instrumental roustabout, Dixie 45, that sets the stage for the rest of the disc, soon followed by the James Gang-sy opening to Love can Find a Way morphing into a Hendrixian segue before bluesing like no one's bidness. Chambers is obviously still well planted in the 70s and not going to budge an inch until, to paraphrase gun aficionados, death pries his dead cold hands from around that there fretboard.
Full Moon on Main Street, the Kinsey Report's ol' rough diamond speaking to the madness of the times, is only inches away from the werewolves and vampires of the Republicans and business class presently burying America, a cut wherein Chambers slows things down to a bloodpulse with long delicious lead lines. Elmore James' classic Dust my Broom finds the stringbender in full Rory Gallagher mode amid a slide boogie calling the cows home, and Strong Temptation is waaaay Mahogany Rush-esque (repeated upscale in the closing 11-minute barnstormer In the Wintertime, a latter-day Frank Marino-styled chops fest). Like the power trios of old, Chambers 'n chaps make a hell of a lot of righteous noise, augmented by the wailing blues harp of Gary Keith, a perfect wild card in the red hot deck.
Live gigs are always a great excuse to cut wild, and Chambers spares no horses in romping all over the place, decking out Long Island's famed dive with the grit, crust, stank, and throaty growl of a cat who knows whereof he sings and plays, infusing the dusky venue with a lambent energy that catches all and sundry in its careening strum und drang. Like last time out, this is a revel in former glories brought to life again, a trip back to the days when the Whiskey kept the Sunset Strip electric in its housing of blistering guitar slingers and juggernaut train-paces. If you just happen to be forgetting what that was all about, Live from the Long Island Blues Warehouse will repair that deficit pronto, amigo!
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