Andres CD “Cowboy Hat Blues”
Ace Review … Ace Rocks Hard
let the cowboy part fool you, there ain’t no country anything on this
all straight ahead
all straight ahead
in 2002 and published by Urban Camo Music it features:
Andres on Guitars and Lead /
CD contains eleven tracks, ten of which were written by Ace himself
and number eleven “California Dreamin’” is self explanatory.
makes Ace and his band standout are the four things we look for in good
a novel idea to have the title track of a CD in the number one position,
as most CD’s by other artists seem to place the title track in the
middle of the pack which is nonsense, not Ace, he’s right up front and
honest about what he’s doing.
off the CD and sets the pace
for what’s to follow. The lyrics indicate he wants to be left alone and
he’s down to the bone but the message is clear: don’t write him off or
sell him cheap because he’s a survivor. Nice high energy rocker.
good rocker with great guitar work and vocals. The rhythm section is
behind him all the way and together it’s as good as SRV’s
“When the House is a Rockin’”…in my opinion.
song reminds me of Bryan Adams meets The Cars with the class of Tom
Petty’s first album added to the mix. Don’t let the name dropping
confuse you, it’s a nice song and works well for Ace the band. Nice to
see the influence of other bands coming through, it shows respect through
This is one of my favorites, I always look forward to this one. Once again this is where Ace lets
of like track three but I can’t put my finger on exactly where the
influence comes from on this one, sounds more pop than rock.
in the delta raised up on Mississippi mud I got that Bayou Rhythm”
another favorite that I
can’t get enough of, incredible playing and vocals.
it’s slow blues folks but screaming guitar work by Ace and an emotional
backing beat from Robi and Jeff. If you don’t like blues you’ll change
your mind after hearing this.
in love with a beautiful woman but…” Doctor John can help you. This
song will stick in your head long after the CD is over, performed live it
would make a great twelve minute (or longer) song. Doctor John “took my
great, great grand-ma and made her look twenty nine years old” Great
song-play it again and again.
Ace I give up, why wasn’t the title of this CD called
“Playing to Win” instead
of “Cowboy Hat Blues”?
“Playing to Win” is in a class all by itself, as it is the only
jazz influenced song on this collection and shows the real talent that Ace
has. He shows total control of guitar and vocals, it is a moving, swinging
yet calm and refreshing piece of work. I feel safe in saying it just may
be the best track on the entire CD, as there will be no one who won’t
like this song.
that says it all boys, love lost but who cares anyways, it just may be a
good thing she’s gone “I’ve been to hell and back and now I’m free”
… “don’t need a woman trying to run my life, no drill instructor
pretending to be my wife” you know the deal and this song goes
for the throat, “no one to cry, fuss and fight and stop me from the game
on Monday Night! This song is (in my opinion) the updated version of the
Ten Years After song called “Woman Trouble” and as such deserves some
kind of special recognition and attention. Great job Ace.
surprise to hear a California Man choosing this song to end the CD with.
Home is where the heart is and Ace is right at home with this fairly new
CD release. Ace says “ Extra Special Thanks” to his family Corrine,
Kyle and Chris, that says a lot. Ace puts his special touch on this and every song.
on this Recording, from my point of view as a fan:
of what makes this music so enjoyable is the sound that blast from the
speakers and through my headphones. It’s slick and well produced in some
places, clean and pure in others and downright raw in many spots. You can
hear the guitar and vocals being increased in some areas, but at the right
time and with the right effect but most of all for the right reasons.
is gained by doing this is you become part of the recording process as a
listener and as such become more involved with what Ace is trying to get
don’t consider these little warts as anything negative, in fact the
reverse is true, it becomes important parts of the whole effort. There’s
nothing worse than over produced music, this ain’t classical music or
Gentle Giant or Genesis, we’re talking hot and sweaty get down
Rock N’Roll here people so if
you’re looking for sanitized Rock Fluff your looking in the wrong place
because Ace only knows how to “Rock Hard”!
Review by Dave & Brigitte