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Tom Hambridge "Boom"
The start of Tom Hambridge's Bio, pretty well sums it up and should leave no doubt at all, as to how talented of an Producer, Singer, Songwriter & Drummer he is, and I quote, "What do Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, Hank Williams Jr., BB King, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meat Loaf, Montgomery Gentry, Johnny Winter, Rodney Atkins, George Thorogood, Keith Anderson, Susan Tedeschi, Van Zant, Shemekia Copeland and Walt Disney Pictures all have in common? Grammy® Award-Winning Producer, Singer/Songwriter & Drummer TOM HAMBRIDGE! " Now with his newest release "Boom", which is his sixth solo album, Tom Hambridge, once again, has critics and fans raving.
"Boom" consists of 11 Tracks of which all were either written or co-written by Tom Hambridge. Notable co-writers on "Boom" consisted of "Skynryd's Johnny Van Zant, David Gogo, Gary Nicholson, Delbert McClinton, and Jeffrey Steele, to name a few. The fact that Tom Hambridge wrote or co-wrote all the songs on "Boom", really should not be a surprise as he "has had over 250 of his songs recorded by such diverse artists as Lynyrd Skynryd, George Thorogood Meatloaf, Bud Guy, Van Zant B.B. King, Delbert McClinton, and Billy Ray Cyrus, and many more." One of Hambridge's newest projects is the critically acclaimed George Thorogood's "2120 SOUTH MICHIGAN AVENUE", which many are hailing as one of Thorogood's best.
The music on "Boom" is done mainly in the vain of Rock and Blues, with a little nicely done Country thrown into the mix here and there, most notable with Track 7 "The Best In Me", a song for which, although I am not that much of a Country fan, I really enjoyed a lot. Other great songs on "Boom", with a more Country flavor included Track 9 "I Got Your Country Right Here" and track 10 "Things I Miss the Most". Both those songs placed on the Billboard 100 Country Charts with "I Got Your Country Right Here" recorded by Gretchen Wilson and "Things I Miss the Most" recorded by Donnie and Johnny Van Zant.
"Boom" basically starts and finishes with a couple of great Rockers, Track 1 "I Keep Things" and Track 11 "I Had a Real Good Time". "I Had a Real Good Time" is a Delbert McClinton song redone by Tom for this album. Blues is also nicely peppered throughout this album with Track 2 "Upside of Lonely", Track 3 "Two Thumbs Up", Track 4 "Nine Pound Hammer", and Track 5 "The Pistol". "Upside of Lonely", will remind you quite a bit of George Thorogood's style of music.
Unlike a lot of other albums, "Boom" does not have a title Track, but what it does have is a virtual explosion of great music, throughout. "Boom" leaves you no doubt at all as to the immense talents of Tom Hambridge and why he is such a sought after Musician, Singer, Songwriter, and Producer.
"Boom" is one hell of a good album. One of 2011's best and one I Highly Recommend checking out.
Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)
1. I Keep Things 2:50
2. Upside of Lonely 4:23
3. Two Thumbs Up 2:46
4. Nine Pound Hammer 3:48
5. The Pistol 4:01
6. Never Gonna Change 3:20
7. The Best In Me 2:56
8. Bangin' Around 2:45
9. I Got Your Country Right Here 4:04
10. Things I Miss the Most 4:11
11. I Had a Real Good Time 2:55
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