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Sean Chambers "The Rock House Sessions" (USA)

 "The Rock House Sessions" marks the second amazing release I have received of Sean Chambers of which his previous 2011 album, I wrote, "I really love a good Live album, ever since receiving Peter Frampton's "Frampton Comes Alive", for my 20th birthday, and The Sean Chambers Band's newest release "Live From The Long Island Blues Warehouse", certainly is one hell of a good Live album, especially if you really love great Guitar Driven Blues." I was so impressed with "Live From The Long Island Blues Warehouse", that I rated the album #5 in my Top Ten Albums List for 2011 and named it Best Live Blues Album of 2011, in my 2011 Year End Review. With "The Rock House Sessions", Sean Chambers once again lights up the airways with his incendiary brand of Guitar work.

Referred to as one of the Top 50 Blues Guitarists of the last century by Guitarist Magazine, Sean Chambers honed his skill as a Guitarist, with his stint with the Legendary Hubert Sumlin, not only as the Band Leader, but from 1998 till 2003, also as Lead Guitarist. Sean Chambers has toured extensively, throughout the world, with Hubert Sumlin and later on, with his band. "Sean Chambers has also shared the stage with countless greats, such as, Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Jeff Healey, Derek Trucks, Koko Taylor, Bo Diddley, Rick Derringer, and James Cotton, just to name a very few ."

"The Rock House Sessions" consists of 11 great Tracks of which three are new originals by Sean Chambers, as well as new songs by Gary Nicholson, Tom Hambridge, Kenny Greenberg, and Rick Vito. Three really nice covers are also included on this album which included Alvin Lee's "Choo Choo Mama", Gary Moore's "Holding On", and "Come To Papa" which was written by Willie Mitchell and Earl Randle and was made famous by Bob Seger, which was Track 7 off his Night Moves album. "The Rock House Sessions" was produced by Reese Wynans, a longtime member of Stevie Ray Vaughan's band. Production was absolutely fantastic and kudos go out to Wynans for whom this album was his first crack at producing.

Speaking of firsts, this album contained a few more beyond it being Wynans first production stint. It was the first album that Sean Chambers recorded as Sean Chambers instead of The Sean Chambers Band. It was also his first recording for which he exclusively used studio musicians, which included as the core band, in addition to Sean on Lead Vocals and Lead Guitar, Reese Wynans (Keyboards), Tom Hambridge (Drums), and Tommy MacDonald (Bass). Special guests on various Tracks included Rob McNelley (Guitar), TJ Klay (Harmonica), Chaz Trippy (Percussion), Etta Britt (Backing Vocals), Bob Britt (Guitar), Steve Herman (Trumpet), and Jim Hoke (Sax). Any doubts as to how good this album sounds musically could be easily put to rest by quickly glancing at a few of the names, not alone all of them.

For the most part "The Rock House Sessions" is a none stop Blues Rock lovers dream come true, right from the opening Track "World On Fire" which one could easily rename "Guitar On Fire" as Sean Chambers blazes through this steller start to the album.

In addition to Sean's amazing Guitar work there are others that shine and shine quite intensely on "The Rock House Sessions", which certainly included Reese Wynans whom went all Deep Purple crazy on us with his super Keyboards work on Track 2 "Since I've Been Down", which was backed to perfection with Tom Hambridge's rock solid work on Drums, which as other albums I have heard for which Hambridge is involved in, is Hard and Heavy.

"Healing Ground", the third heavy Blues Rocking tune in a row, on "The Rock House Sessions", has the added bonus of some great harp work courtesy of TJ Klay, for which by this time, if the first three Tracks were all the music there was on this album, you would of certainly come to the conclusion that you already got more than your moneys worth.

Giving us a little rest were a couple of great slower Tracks which included Track 4 "Meant To Be" Chambers first original of the album, and Track 7 Gary Moore's "Holding On", a song that had Sean Chambers Vocals really come to the forefront. Great Horn work from Steve Herman and nice Backing Vocals courtesy of Etta Britt, on "Holding On", as well.

Closing out this amazing set of music was a killer cover of Alvin Lee's "Choo Choo Mama", for which simply knocked me out and was one for which I am sure Alvin Lee would of been very impressed with hearing. Great Guitar, Great Harp, Great Drums, Great Stuff...

5***** for "The Rock House Sessions", another stellar release from Sean Chambers, sure to please all fans of great Blues Rock.

Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)

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