Blues Karma and the Kitchen Sink
The new Charlie Wheeler Band album “Blues Karma and the Kitchen Sink,” due out October 7, 2016, will excite fans as a reaffirmation of the band’s signature hard-driving, blue-collar soul style. The CD exemplifies the gritty, rockin’ blues music that the band has come to be known for. Recorded at Graphite Sound in Warren, PA, “Blues Karma and the Kitchen Sink” has already garnered critics’ praise. Calling the album “a real, no-nonsense winner,” Norman Darwen of Flyingshoes Review gives the album high marks.
With three other albums under their belt, including Highway Run (2008), Line Em Up (2011), and, most recently, Rewind (2015), this album truly cements the band’s rippin’ blues guitar rock status. Fueled by Wheeler’s strong song writing, scorching guitar, and soulful singing, the CD also highlights Rad Akers’ monster drum fills and Dave Fink’s tasty bass lines, making for an aggressive expression of what the band calls “grow’d man music.” The songs are directional, muscular, and single-minded of purpose. The album is akin to a contact sport, like a hockey player just hip checked you into the boards…. You’ll get up and be fine, but it’ll definitely leave a mark.
The songs on “Blues Karma and the Kitchen Sink” reflect the high energy experience that is the Charlie Wheeler Band. Of the song “People Keep On Talkin’,” Charlie divulges it was inspired by his New Year’s resolution to not hear a damn word of what gossips say! “Shiver” is a mood song; with palatable intensity, “Shiver” describes the desperation that an addict goes through during cold turkey withdrawals, the similarities to insomnia, and feeling of being truly out of control. As Charlie’s favorite on the album, Shiver is heavy and real. “Choir of 1000 Angels” talks about the stages of faith and how funny life can turn out, dark at one moment and light the next. Recounting the temporary nature of life, “Flicker Away” talks about how we strive to do big things and the natural human fading. Having been picked-up already by syndicated radio, “Never Can Tell” lightens the sometimes hard and heavy mood of the album with a jammy, light hearted song about travels through America and how, through good times and bad, we are all connected to one another and to the planet, on a cellular level. Rounding-out the album, “Butterfly, a song of love and healing, recounts the tale of Charlie’s 12 year old friend with cancer which is, gratefully, now in remission.
Engineered by Anthony Brown and produced by Charlie Wheeler and Anthony Brown, “Blues Karma and the Kitchen Sink” stands out in the band’s discography for its diversity of songs, from ballads to slow blues to grunge to blues rock, without compromising our artistic integrity.