Photo: Marco Van Rooijen
By Martine Ehrenclou
Want some high octane, world-class blues-rock for the weekend?
Here ya’ go. Tony Spinner and his blues-based, guitar-driven band are world class musicians with serious groove. Earth Music For Aliens, Spinner’s latest album on Grooveyard Records, is one for the record books. Seriously. This is one dynamic power trio—soulful, super tight, with exquisite musicianship. Tony Spinner is a gifted guitarist with some of the best rhythm and timing I’ve heard.
Earth Music for Aliens is high energy fun music for anywhere, any time. Long drive? No problem. Plug in Earth Music for Aliens and you won’t notice the time or the traffic. Party on your schedule? This album will supercharge it.
This is real music with outstanding musicians. Spinner’s website even states, “My newest CD, Earth Music for Aliens, is for those of you who feel like you’re one of the few who care for real music played by real musicians.”
Grab this album right now. Put your headphones on or blast it on your stereo speakers made to produce real quality sound. That’s what I did. And I got totally lost in the ride.
Spinner toured and recorded with Toto, Pat Travers, and Paul Gilbert for years, so I don’t have to tell you that his guitar playing and vocals are first rate. There’s one interesting aspect to this blues rock trio—it’s got great groove, some of the best I’ve heard. I mean this is funky fun with top notch musicianship. Spinner on vocals and guitar is on fire. The whole trio on this album is smoking.
From Cape Girardeau, MO, Spinner’s musical influences surface in many of the songs. From Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to Little Richard and Chuck Berry, with a little Jimi Hendrix thrown in, Tony Spinner is the real deal. He sings and plays with conviction, but most of all fun. You can feel it that he and his band are having a blast.
The first track, “Best Friend,” opens with high-voltage blues licks and a get-up-out-of-your-chair kind of rhythm and beat. Spinner is a great singer with a raspy edge, perfect for blues rock with a firecracker kick.