Craig Erickson - Sky Train Galaxy (2015)
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Blues Rock | Grooveyard Records #GYR 138
Excellent new studio disc by this awesome, gifted blues/rock axeslinger from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Featuring 11 tracks of top-shelf, dynamic, soul-powered, blues-based, retro-70s guitar rock mojo of world class proportions. An outstanding guitar rocker that is full of depth, soul and blues power. Craig Erickson is a true, authentic old-school guitar hero who's incredible six string playing skills far surpass and outshine the norm. An accomplished, seasoned, diverse six string veteran of the highest order who speaks volumes with his signature moves on the instrument. Brother Erickson's superb guitar playing talents defy gravity and hit new levels of excellence on the incredible Sky Train Galaxy disc...
And, as an added bonus, Craig Erickson digs in deep and pays musical tribute/homage to Tommy Bolin on an awesome version of Gettin' Tighter from the classic Deep Purple Come Taste The Band album. The Craig Erickson Sky Train Galaxy disc (his 6th CD for Grooveyard Records) is an Essential blues/rock heavy guitar musical document that is Highly Recommended to fans of Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, S.R.V., Frank Marino, Tommy Bolin, Leslie West, Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons & ZZ Top, Warren Haynes & Gov't Mule, Joe Bonamassa, Doyle Bramhall II, Indigenous with Mato Nanji, Gary Moore, Walter Trout, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Gales, Chris Duarte, Jeff Healey, Alan Mirikitani & The Buddaheads, Tony Spinner, Bryce Janey, Dirty Dave Osti, Brett Ellis, Mike Onesko & Blindside Blues Band, Martin J. Andersen & Blindstone, Gugun Power Trio, Guitar Pete, Clas Yngstrom & Sky High, Plankton and all other outstanding guitar rockers worldwide. And fans of Craig Erickson's previous vast & prolific musical output will heavily dig this amazing, killer new disc. Climb aboard and prepare to rock the blues with six string train conductor, Craig Erickson, as we take an incredible, deep musical journey to the Outskirts of Infinity and beyond on the remarkable Sky Train Galaxy disc.
Blues/funk guitarist Craig Erickson learned to play while working in his father's record store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He formed his first band at 13, and began playing around the area. Erickson signed a contract with Blues Bureau Intl. in the early '90s, releasing Roadhouse Stomp! in 1992 and Retro Blues Express the following year. Though the albums featured John Onder on bass and Atma Anur on drums, Erickson's regular band -- with which he has supported blues legends such as Koko Taylor, Little Ed & the Blues Imperials, Elvin Bishop and Lonnie Brooks -- includes bassist Al Robinson and drummer Kerri Collings. Erickson recorded Two Sides of the Blues for a 1995 release, and followed up with Force Majeure one year later. He appeared on tribute albums to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King (Hats Off to Stevie Ray, Fit for a King), and also co-wrote and played on Blues, the solo album by Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze).
~ John Bush, All Music Guide
01. The Comeback [04:33]
02. Blinded By Love [05:04]
03. Gettin' Tighter-Ode To T [07:31]
04. Time (Never Enough) [05:01]
05. Illusions Of The World [06:22]
06. Mojo In Memphis [04:47]
07. Mercy [04:57]
08. Boogie For Love [04:33]
09. Sky Train [06:44]
10. Morning Glory [02:30]
11. Mojo In Memphis (Reprise-Acoustic Version) [04:35]