Modern electric blues usually bores me because -- like a lot of mainstream rock & roll and jazz -- it has become complacent and predictable. If you've listened to a lot of that style, you JUST KNOW what's gonna happen & when, and it's up to the soloist to sustain your attention...and how many Junior Wells' or Muddy Waters' are out there with that kind of quality/quantity? Fortunately, Carl Weathersby don't hafta worry 'bout that. He's his own man who lives in this world: no "purist" with a "tradition" to live up to/off of, and the imagination and talent to deliver the goods. Weathersby has a terse, passionate yet focused, stinging guitar style (echoes of Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan) and a rich, slightly tart, deeply soulful voice that brings to mind an older, wiser Robert Cray.
COME TO PAPA is a sumptuous mix of straight-ahead my-done-left-me urban blues and Memphis Stax/Hi Records soul/R&B. Hi alumnus Ann Peebles even sings w/ Carl on the title tune. The topical "Danger All About" reaffirms that blues was & is a relevant music lyric-wise (not JUST the usual my-baby-done-left-me-here-drinkin' cant). The production on this baby glistens like a Caddy on the showroom floor. Mr. Cray had best maintain his intake of Wheaties, as there's A New Sheriff In Town--name o' Carl.