Saturday, May 24, 2014
Props to Prof Porkchop from Blues Blast Magazine: catch him at Chianti's Green Room, 2Johns, El Dorado's The Vintage or on iTunes
"Chris McCaa has a great voice, but he also has keen keyboard and writing skills," writes Rex Bartholomew as he reviews "U R My Everything" in Blues Blast Magazine. "His comfort in his abilities is evident as he chose to start the CD off with four original songs. The title track begins with a mellow vibe flavored with electric piano, but solidifies quickly as the chorus adds in organ and heavier guitar chords. But this is not a one man show, as the backline is solid and the guitars are spot on.
When “Blame it on the Moon” gets going, you can see where the Randy Newman comparisons come in. Chris’ voice is similar, and indeed he has a deft touch on the piano. When you add in the sadly clever lyrics and creative rhymes, we get to see that he really has the whole package.
The band did not forget their Sportsman’s Paradise heritage, as they crafted a fabulous homage to the Crescent City in “Move to New Orleans.” Any locals that have moved away will be made jealous during this tour of all the great spots in town. Then they move on to Shreveport for the next track, “Sprague Street Rag” which is a short instrumental with full-blown ragtime piano accompanied by only a pair of spoons. Chris McCaa certainly has fine chops! George Hancock brings plenty to the table too, as his jazz flute work in “Puerto Rican Hotel” is both tasteful and skilled. Throughout this selection he is in perfect sync with McCaa’s electric piano and the rhythm section. I was surprised to find a second instrumental tune on the album, but this Afro-Cuban fusion piece really works well into the mix of other styles."
Sample two solid-as-a-rock albums by Prof Porkchop at iTunes:"U R My Everything" and "Grits and Graveyards." Catch the Prof pounding the keys on Sat, May 24, at El Dorado Casino's steakhouse, The Vintage, on Sun, May 25, 6-10 pm, at the Green Room, Chiantis and Wed, May 28, 6-9 pm, at 2Johns Restaurant - with George Hancock.