Album Review: "Modern Blues" By Craig Erickson (9/10)

Fervor Records

Producer: Craig Erickson

You might not recognize the name, but you know Erickson’s work. The blues-based rocker has written for, and performed with, a laundry list of greats, including Eric Gales, Elvin Bishop, Walter Trout, Glenn Hughes, etc. Erickson is a solid tunesmith who brings a unique lyrical and hook-laden compositional style to the blues. Tracks like “Last Train to Nowhere” and “Stormchasin’” feature innovative slide guitar and avoids cliché. The title track is fresh and vital, while “Blues River” balances tradition, with contemporary sounds. – Eric Harabadian