Since leaving his post as the lead guitarist of the .357′s, Shooter Jenning’s backing band, Mr. Powell has been nothing if not prolific. Barely 6 months after Powell’s sophomore release, Angles and Curves, comes a new album and a new direction from Leroy with Paranoid.
I’ve never been shy about my adoration for Leroy’s music (here and here). He wrote my favorite Shooter Jennings songs and his first two solo albums still get regular rotation on my iPod. All this time I’ve described Leroy’s sound with the following, “If you grew up in the 70’s and 80’s with your Daddy listening to country music radio, then you are already familiar with the sound and feel of this album.”
While the country element of Leroy’s “Psychedelic, Southern Rock, Heavy Blues with Country Roots” sound has taken center stage on his first two solo albums, the Southern rock and blues get the spotlight on Paranoid and the results are spectacular. Better than spectacular actually…it’s his best work to date. The standout track on the album has to be Leroy’s take on the Sonny Boy Williamson classic “Good Morning Little School Girl”, which is a Southern rainy night in August type of sexy.
This is an album you need to check out, folks. Seriously. It’s beyond Essential Listening and it’s easily my favorite album of this young year. Leroy, if you read this….this is you in your element. Keep following this path!