Chicago Blues is well and truly back in the shape of Toronzo Cannon
Another day, another track and today’s #TrackOfTheDay is coming back out of Chicago. We got a good reception for Corey Dennison last time, so why not head back. We welcome to the fore Toronzo Cannon and his new album The Chicago Way – probably the first and last album you will hear on this site that was recorded by a bus driver! The track we have chosen is the opening track The Pain Around Me, a very melodic, classic blues, Chicago-legends-influenced track with great vocals and excellent guitar playing to boot. This is Toronzo’s fourth album, his last album back in 2013 John The Conqueror Root broadened his appeal, but not as much as it bulged when he announced signing with Alligator Records last year.
During the day Cannon drives a Chicago Transport Authority bus, giving up evenings and weekends to dedicate himself to music. No one can say Toronzo hasn’t put in the hard yards to get his big break! With Cannon on guitar and vocals the rest of the band consists of Dave Forte on bass, Melvin “Pookie-Stix” Carlisle on drums and Luca Chiellini on keyboards.
For his first effort on Alligator, the album is mighty impressive. On first impressions the opener The Pain Around Me is a million miles from John The Conqueror Root, those who know him better will no doubt say he deserved his break sooner. The sound has a lot of Ronnie Earl about it in places, having keyboards at the forefront in many places, with solos that meander off into the distance and then return back to riff like a boomerang in just a few short seconds. Grab yourself a copy on the link below and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for another #TrackOfTheDay, over the next few days we will be going back in time for some classic tracks.
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