Record Review: The Michael Williams Band

The Michael Williams Band

Fire Red

Houston, TX

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“Texas heat”

Fire Red has a rather fitting title, because it’s on fire. This is truly an original work that gives you hints of various “classic” artists of years past. Williams’ talent however, stands on its own, and is sculptured by one of rock music’s legendary producer/engineers (Eddie Kramer). There is a genuine chemistry that is brought to life and captured on tape, as demonstrated in this action-packed collection of raw boogie-rock that generates a seductive and lively motion.

Fire Red is prominently guitar oriented, a variety of gritty tube-driven and nicely compressed guitars, excellent track separation, and rich vocals which are energetic, soulful, and complemented by a tastefully added horn sections in all the right places. Such treats and excellent usage of the wah pedal and slide guitars are implemented gracefully. Feelings of the Jimmy Page sound on tracks like “Bet Yo’ Mama” and “If You Let Me” bring a distinct and gritty blues-rock influence, similar to Physical Graffiti.

“Don’t Put Me Out” and title track “Fire Red” display the nuances of Jimi Hendrix, and “No More Suffering” includes nicely layered Frank Zappa-esque style while maintaining William’s own charisma and core. You’re not just listening to a recording; you’re hearing a performance.

Don’t miss out on this exceptional recording. Kick up the dust and enjoy raw boogie-rock – Texas style.  (True Blue Productions)

Produced by Eddie Kramer

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