Release Date: Aug 27, 2013
Record label: 429 Records
Genre(s): Blues, Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Album Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Hard Rock, Contemporary Blues
The unbridled energy that shoots out of this live in the studio recording featured AARP roots rockers Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg with relative youngster Kenny Wayne Shepherd, is obvious from the opening swampy riff. Stills’ love of the blues has informed much of his work throughout his storied four decade career so it’s natural for him to be the driving force for this new, somewhat anonymously named band. He’s motivated to several of his most fiery solos in recent memory by the presence of his peer, keyboardist Goldberg and the enthusiasm of the 35 year old Shepherd.
Rock was still in the wake of the ornate studio excess that followed the release of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (not every band was the Beatles, unfortunately) when Super Session came out in 1968. A loose album of rock and blues jams featuring Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield on one side of the LP and Kooper and Stephen Stills on the other side, with a rhythm section of Harvey Brooks on bass and Eddie Hoh on drums tying both sides together, it has held up amazingly well over the years.