Chris Canas – Detroit | Album Review

Chris Canas – Detroit

Third Street Cigar Records

11 tracks

Detroit and automobiles are synonymous. The auto industry was a big draw for migrating African Americans looking to escape Jim Crow, boll weevil infestations and the servitude of share cropping.  Chris Canas is a young bluesman who continues the blues legacy of the Motor City with eleven new tracks for listeners to enjoy.

Canas handles lead guitar and vocals and also adds slide and some bass. Derek “DC” Washington plays bass and Marc Anthony Guillory is on drums. Danny Pratt plays harp and Mike Biddle is on organ. Nikki “D” Brown is on lap steel, Ray Benson does percussion and the horn section is Travis Geiman (trombone), Ben Delong (trumpet) and Bob Manley (tenor sax).

The album begins with the title track, an homage to Canas’ hometown. A funky blues where Canas sings and plays with feeling, including a big guitar solo. “Blues Blues Blues” is a swinging track with a bog guitar and them harp solo. “Addicted” follows, a heavy, guitar blues cut with a driving sound.  “Juke Joint Jive” is another swinging cut with the harp up front and the horns in support. Canas swings and jumps vocally and the cut is lot of fun.

“Cookie” is next, with some more nice guitar licks. “Queen of My World” is a slow blues ballads with some great organ that builds in emotion and intensity with Canas finally delivering a huge guitar solo. “You Don’t Give a Damn” follows, in Sam Cook style, a cut where Canas croons a bit with great emotion. “Good Man About To Break Bad”is the story of a guy who is about to go ballistic because he’s being messed with at work and in life. He’s calling out his job and people in traffic and giving them notice in no uncertain terms. Guitar and organ get some good solo time.

“Shoot From The Hip” is another song with a little anger let out as Canas know where he’s coming from. More big organ and guitar are featured again. Next is “Smoke In The City,” a cut with a great groove and more of Canas’ moxie making for a great performance. Things finish with “Put It In The Pot,” another hot number with a funky groove, organ and horn support helping to get the pot boiling. Canas also provides one final big performance with his guitar to savor, too.

Canas grew up loving music and played a number of instruments. When he finally landed on guitar he’d found his niche and he demonstrates his prowess and ferocity with the guitar in each track. He competed in the International Blues Challenge thrice, representing three different affiliates and was a finalist in his last attempt in 2020. His blues/funk/soul infused music delights fans every time he plays, and this new CD will surely get him some new fans while delighting his current ones. This is a great blues album with a lot of hot and driving cuts that will certainly get the listener’s blood flowing. Well done!

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