Surrey Road – Steve Williams (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

You could drop names such as the mighty Deep Purple’s Jon Lord, bands such as Real Life or even Ray Parker Jr. You could talk about the string of cool bands and sassy session playing that litter his resume. You could talk about the decades of experience and the miles travelled, the journey which has taken him from one side of the world to the other and back again. Or you could just let the music do the talking.

Surrey Road, the latest release from Steve Williams, is a cool album, a blend of melodic blues vibes, funky rock grooves, soul-infusions and accessible, pop-aware creations. Not only is there something for everyone, there is someone for everyone, as he has gathered around him not only a collection of old friends whose sonic journeys have crisscrossed the same musical paths as his but also a few rising stars to look out for in the future.

The album has rock music at its core but, like any musician worth their salt, he pushes those boundaries, mixes and merges the music with other genres, leaping sonic demarcations in a single bound into soul, blues, funk and pop territory and using such feats of juxtapositions and juggling skills to create music which is both familiar and wonderfully fresh. That’s how you do it!

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