Label: gypsy Soul Records / Fontana North
Album: Cold November
Tracks : 10
Spencer MacKenzie is an 18 year old Canadian who already has a mess of awards behind him: Maple Blues Award 'New Artist of the Year' 2017
International Songwriting Competition 2016- 3rd Place in the Blues Category; Niagara Music Awards 'Blues Artist of the Year' 2017, International Songwriting Competition 2017- Finalist in the Blues Category; Niagara Music Awards 'Rising Star' Award 2013. He is an accomplished guitar player with an edgy style and a beautiful tone on the slow work. A little bit funky, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, his debut album ‘Infected with the Blues’ which came out in 2016, earned him rave reviews and international airplay. This one too, is exemplary. Influenced, he says, by the likes of B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Jonny Lang, Joe Bonamassa, and Colin James, Spencer, nevertheless, has his own sound which, IMHO, is going to carry him to great heights.
With a nice mix of tempos, Spencer romps his way though ten tracks, including a blues rooted ‘train’ track with Move On Down The Line (some nice shredding here) whilst there is a more modern feel (with a touch of Buddy Guy in the axe work) to Shut The Door Baby, Don’t Look Back. The title track, Cold November, sees him in Gary Moore territory with some excellent guitar work including octave leaps that are hugely effective. My favourite track though is Next Door Neighbor Blues which sounds like RL Burnside resurrected. Wonderful !
Spencer says that he has found his home in the blues, let’s hope so. The next album will tell as in my experience that’s where the drift to avant garde so often starts. Espérons que non (Let’s hope not).
Ian K McKenzie ( Not related )