I'm trying to understand what guitarist Joey Stuckey is attempting on The Shadow Sound, his latest release. The world class blues guitarist, songwriter, producer, and studio owner (Shadow Sound Studio) has released another album filled with mostly previously released material. Last year I received a 'greatest hits' CD called So Far with the copyright dates of 1992-2003, a nice overview of his talent and career. So why is Mr. Stuckey giving us more of the same? Perhaps its merely a re-recording of these fine songs.
Nevertheless, and despite my initial reservations, The Shadow Sound is another fine example of Stuckey's fine song compositions and guitar work. Working angles of blues, rock, and jazz (among others), Stuckey emulates legends like Clapton, Page, Stevie Ray, Jeff Beck, and Wes Montgomery throughout these songs. Some of the finer cuts are Take a Walk in the Shadows, the Stuckey staple Mr. Mooney, Bad Dreams, Narrow Minded, and Hold. There some difficult songs here, if only from the underlying vengeance-filled barbs, in So Blue and Hate You.
A masterful guitarist, on The Shadow Sound, Joey Stuckey offers another platter of previously released material. It's fine stuff; I just wish he'd give us something new.