Bud Summers Music, what can I say back in 2017, my review of Bud Summers, entitled, “Summer Journey” allowed me to know, the guy has talent. Bud Summers has probably done more songs than anyone. He is a singer and a writer of song. His first album I reviewed called “Summer Solstice” back in 2017, was an incredible album and Bud showed off with his acoustic talents. Flash forward to 2019 Bud Summers releasing a new album packed with all the excitement that his last album had, but wait there’s more… The new album called “Hard Lessons” Bud gains a sound of the blues with the first song called “So Deep” and Bud shows he has a real feel for the blues and is a smooth sounding song. Along with the backup singers and all it makes to be a very likable song. Next on the album is a song called “Endless Fantasy” an Bud showcases his guitar work and has a real feel to blues and Buds vocals are seamlessly working through the song, His guitar work has always impressed me, and one really can hear them through this song. This song shares a hint of jazz strumming throughout, however Bud gets the message out, because he has always had the abilities to convey his messages through his guitar, as alluded to in my previous review of his previous work “Summer Solstice”. “Bad Fish” strums in with the opening blues and Bud shows his vocal abilities from the start where has a raspy feel to it and has that raw feel to it that handshakes the blues very well. “Who’s Your Daddy has the same feel to it, and Bud has a maturity sound to this album that really ties his vocals and guitar work to the blues and this song is a good example of this. The next song is called “City of the Blues” and once again Bud nails it, love the song and the utter smoothness and Bud’s constant ability to bring you into his world, and in this case the “City of the Blues”. “Goodbye to Nashville” a song that seems so basic but really has complexity to it, and Buds voice is rough and grainy and sings about the Nashville” promise” of making your dreams come true. Bud has always had that ability to carry you with him through his music and this song is a fine example of this very thing. “End Times” Bud really nails this and I really felt the proverbial blues bullet hit me square in the gut with this song. Bud show his honesty and maturity as a guitar player and a true musician that has a message to convey, within his musical dexterity brings you though this song and he rest of this articulately crafted album. The next song is just the song that most request to be heard and Bud does an admirable job of the popular song of “Auld Lang Syne” The last song on this amazing album is called “Hard Lessons” Bud Summers brings in a feel of showmanship on this song in an almost Leon Russell approach and has a Tom Waits feel while Bud keeps his twist on the song and makes it a solid ballad that has a true story telling appeal that Bud arrives with. The song most enjoyable song and allows Bud to be vulnerable and hear his stage voice that I haven’t heard from Bud, but is really a great song and allows one to visit his vocals in a different light. All in all this album is a solid album and Bud Summers gives his all to it and keeps the bluesy, jazzy and full of amazing vocals throughout, and proves that Bud Summers has showcased his wonderful gift of total musicality and even has vocals to accompany these amazing qualities. The album I’d have to categorize to a blues, jazz, and above all sheer music artistry that Bud Summers clearly defines within his wonderful an amazing music catalog. Many thanks to Bud Summers for his friendship, and his musical contributions and I look forward to hearing more from Bud Summers, either on the radio or in person.
Steven F. Adams
Music Journalist/ Reviewer/Publicist Owner Sound Wave One
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