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"Alastair Greene's Trouble At Your Door is filled with killer guitar riffs and licks from a player who knows how to administer them like a highly educated Doctor!!! The band is tight, and the songs are strong!!! No labels needed, it's just killin' intense music from a player with taste!"
"Alastair should be out playing with the biggest bands in the world. I believe it's just a matter of time."
"I've known Alastair since we were kids and he's always been a ripping guitarist. Glad to hear he's still going strong."
"Alastair isn't your ordinary average Blues Rock guy. He's the Blues minister from HELL!"
“When it comes to backing bluesmen, most guitar players who rock as hard as Alastair Greene sound like sox on a rooster looks!!! Musicianship and respect for the blues are what make the difference. Trust me, only a few have that particular talent today; everybody should watch this guy!"
ALASTAIR GREENE BAND
TROUBLE AT YOUR DOOR
Electro Groove Records
Alastair Greene is a highly respected guitar player who has been an integral part of Alan Parsons Project for some time as well as recording with several top names. This is his fifth studio album under his own name and as one would expect from someone of his pedigree it’s high quality throughout. The basic line up is classic power trio with guest Eric Norlander adding keyboards on a couple of the longer tracks. Whether it’s searing rock guitar as on the title track or the more blues based riff laden Back Where I Belong, Greene hit’s the spot. He can also carry off a solo National Steel vibe as on Red Wine Woman inviting the women in question to drink with him. First Born Son is a swaggering anthem of a track with great keyboards, while Love You So Bad returns to trio format delivering a vibrant rockin’ blues boogie. The longest track is Calling For You, an epic feeling with keys and a soft vocal giving it a lovely floating psychedelic feel. I’ve followed Alastair Greene for a while and it’s difficult to understand why he hasn’t yet got a higher profile as some of his contemporaries. He is the equal of any and better than most. Hopefully this release will redress the balance.
The Alastair Greene Band operates out of your standard power-trio stance, tri- angulated by bass, drums and a mammoth guitar that errs on the side of blistering. Given the chance, they’ll blues-rock your world. Especially here, when delivering Trouble at Your Door for their fifth studio appearance. Greene’s combination of fast fretting fingers and gone- berserk slide shreds through the melodic riffage of “First Born Son,” the intensified gimme three steps, Mister storyline chased through “The Sweetest Honey,” and the nine other new songs about love and hate and the hate of b.s. artists (“Pretty Price to Pay”). That aggressive mojo works just as well slathering Michael Burks’ “Strange Feeling” in marvelously mean sustain. Yet on nights when AGB isn’t roaring on a bandstand somewhere across California, Greene’s alter ego has been moonlighting alongside vintage prog-rocker Alan Parsons on stages worldwide. Fair enough, since caterwauling through the bottleneck boogie “Back Where I Belong” is a whole world removed from any “I Robot” synthfest. That’s why, with exceptionally little room for any slack on such a highly-pressurized session, “Calling for You” emerges as quite the unexpected ethereal surprise, spiritually akin to, say, the likewise hazy headtrip of “Planet Cara- van” tucked inside Paranoid’s metallic megawatts. Mildly psychedelic, its echoey waves and malleted cymbals are a floating oasis encircled by a ring of Gibson Les Paul fire.
The latest effort from veteran SoCal blues/rock guitarist Alastair Greene hits like a fleet of Mack trucks thundering down the side of Mount Everest. As hyperbolic as that may seem, it is an apt description as Alastair is one of those blues rockers who unleashes powerful energy in the vein of Johnny Winter, Jeff Healey, and the like, while still keeping a blues feel intact.
The Alastair Greene Band has backed a number of blues artists in the studio and on stage since their formation in 1997, notably James Harman, Mitch Kashmar, and Franck “Paris Slim” Goldwasser. Guitarist/vocalist Greene has also backed Alan Parsons since 2010, and has appeared on recordings by Aynsley Dunbar and Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket). The band has also released five albums (four studio, one live) of their muscular blues-rock since 2002. Their latest, Trouble at Your Door, is their first for Eclecto Groove Records.
The disc offers a dozen tracks of high-energy blues-rock, with Greene’s superior guitar work front and center. On tracks like the searing opener, “People,” “Back Where I Belong,” and the southern rocker “First Born Son,” his slide guitar work is superlative. On other tracks like the James Gang-styled title track, the countryish “Love You So Bad,” the hard-charging “Last Train Around The Sun,” “The Sweetest Honey,” and “Make The Devil’s Day,” Greene’s fretwork is equally strong.
Delta Groove follows up on its initial slate of 2014 releases (Bob Corritore, Terry Hanck & Shane Dwight) with another trio of albums, beginning with the Alastair Greene Band’s Trouble At Your Door. Greene has been kicking around Southern California for years, fronting one form of his band or another, releasing four indie albums that display his enormous blues-rock guitar chops and considerable songwriting skills. Oddly enough, Greene pays the bills by touring with prog-rock legend Alan Parsons, but that just shows the range of his skills, and he’s all blues business on Trouble At Your Door, leading his power trio of bassist Jim Rankin and drummer Austin Beede through a dozen livewire performances, most of them original tunes, the lone cover here of Michael “Iron Man” Burks’ “Strange Feeling,” which bristles with enough raw energy to do the late Mr. Burks proud. (Release date: 06/17/14)
Eclecto Groove Records - ALASTAIR GREENE BAND - Trouble at Your Door: A versatile cat that can back Alan Parsons as well as front his own blues/rock power trio, here we find Greene with his blues/rock mates showing his road warrior side. Powered by a roadhouse sound that rowdies you up real nice, these tracks are a reason to turn every nice summer evening into a rocking Friday night. Fun stuff whose main purpose is to entertain, Greene hit's the bulls eye with room to spare.
Alastair Greene’s fifth studio album, Trouble At Your Door is a musical, watercolor painting; full of light, airy colors that jump off the canvas, but are subtle and gentle at the same time. The roughness of his voice against the dreamy guitars paint an effortless ambiance throughout the entire album, creating music true to the origin of blues rock. Anthemic lyrics and heavy bass power chords that are laced with full percussion beats are at the core of each song, creating music that are heavily influence by the roots of the blues rock genre.
Alastair Greene Band – Trouble At Your Door
Eclecto groove Records EGRCD516
Imagine a meld of Cream, Johnny Winter, The North Mississippi Allstars, Jimi Hendrix and Santana… and you will have some idea of the music laid down by the Alastair Greene Band – surely one of the finest blues-rock bands on the scene today.
Greene is blessed with a raw, muscular voice that straddles the best of heavy rock and blues along with a slashing guitar technique that reflects all of the artists mentioned above but with it’s roots firmly entrenched in the blues. This classic powerhouse blues-rock trio is fleshed out by Austin Beede’s powerfully swinging drum grooves and Jim Rankin’s pulsing bass lines.
The set opens with ‘People’, Greene’s slashing slide and the pulsing rhythms creating a frenzied North Mississippi Hill Country Blues groove – the title track is a “monster”, Greene’s manic guitar melding Bo Diddley and Hendrix over a pulsing backbeat – whilst ‘First Born Son’ mines a deep Cream inspired groove underpinning Greene’s Claptonesque vocals.
Add in the Fred McDowell inspired ‘Red Wine Woman’ – the haunting Santana meets Fleetwood Mac feel of ‘Calling For You’ – the OTT Muddy/Winters grooves of ‘Last Train Around The Sun’ – and the frantic rhythms of Johnny Winters meets Johnny Jenkins hybrid of ‘Love You So Bad’… and you have one of the finest rock-blues sets of recent years.
I just received the newest release (June 17, 2014), Trouble At Your Door, from Alastair Greene Band and it ripps! Greene, well known as a session player and with a number of releases under his belt has really hit the screws on this one. Opening with PEOPLE, a modern track with essential roots in the blues with drone noting sets a high bar for the rest of the release with hot slide work and a solid beat. On the title track, TROUBLE AT YOUR DOOR, a Funk 49 like track, Greene gets things moving right. A funky blues rocker, Greene had band mates Jim Rankin (bass), Austin Beede (drums) and Erik Norlander (organ) with him all the way as he lays down some really hot blues rock grooves. This is a great track and gives Greene a good basis to demonstrate his hot guitar skills. Boogie track, BACK WHERE I BELONG maintains an essential primitive blues root with a modern polish. Greene is vicious with his slide work and literally puts on a clinic on this release with crisp riffs and fresh phrasing. RED WINE WOMAN finds Greene on a steel bodied resonator playing delta style. His fluid riffs and clear sense of direction makes for a really cool track. FIRST BORN SON is back to full bore electric with a heavy bottom a southern kick. Using both slide and straight lead work on this track, Greene shows why he deserves to be mentioned in the list of top blues rock guitarists today. READ MORE
Alastair Greene Band / Trouble At Your Door / Eclecto Groove Records EGRCD516
Greene has worked fervently over the years on both sides of that blues/rock line and done very commendable things on either side. Songwriting credits for all the tunes on this disc with the exception of “Strange Feeling”, by Michael Burks, go to AlastairGreene. A great songwriter, superb guitarist and better than average vocalist, Greene takes the forefront on what is essentially a power trio. Backing him on this project are Jim Rankin on bass & harmonizing vocals, Austin Beede on drums and Erik Norlander (cut 5) and Sean McCue (cut 9) as needed.
This is blues rock with the emphasis on the rock end for the most part. That said, it is all done tastefully and with respect shown to the old blues masters. His official discography contains over forty titles with bands like Alan Parsons, Frank Goldwasser, Mitch Kashmar and more. Trouble at Your Door, the band’s most recent release, is a blues/rock work that is done the way things were handled in the beginning and for so many years since the early days of the British Invasion. Born into a musical family in California in 1971, Alastair Greene grew up listening to and studying music in many forms. He then proceeded to perform with a number of bands, honing has skills to razor sharpness. When it comes down to where the rubber meets the road, this is blues/rock at its finest. If you prefer your blues with a hard rockin’ edge, Trouble At Your Door is most likely something you will want to add to your collection…no questions asked.
My favorite configuration for a Blues Rock band has always been the trio and one of my favorite modern day Blues Rock trio's is, hands down, the Alastair Greene Band, a band. The Alastair Greene Band is the next Big Blues Power Trio, Bar None.
"Trouble At Your Door" had no problem showing me that the Alastair Greene Band are certainly at the top of the pile when it comes to Blues Rock. They have all the pieces in place with Great Musicianship, Great Song Writing, and Great Vocals, all joined together with a nice edge of Uniqueness, making for really fine albums, of which "Trouble At Your Door", is their best to date.
Progressive rock fans may be familiar with the guitar wizardry of Alastair Greene thru his works with the Alan Parsons Project, as he played on Parsons’ 2004 release, “A Valid Path,” and has toured with them since 2010. Alastair has also led his own power trio in the SoCal region since 1997. He believes that the current lineup playing with him has helped him reach new creative heights, and has defined the sound he has been seeking. As such, “Trouble At Your Door” is the latest release from the Alastair Greene Band, and shows they are a force to be reckoned with in the pantheon of blues-rock trios. Along with Alastair on guitars and vocals, we also have Jim Rankin on bass and Austin Beede on drums.
This set simply drips with the power and passion of Alastair’s playing and singing. Certainly there are elements of blues-rock, as well as stone Delta blues and even a nod to his prog-rock days throughout the course of these twelve originals. READ MORE
It’s difficult to say if there could be something more far afield from Alatair Greene’s tandem job as a guitarist with Alan Parsons than the scalding blues rock of Trouble At Your Door.
Instead, Greene — who has also done sessions work with Aynsley Dunbar and Glen Phillips — focuses intently on things that hit you right in the chest. Or maybe a little bit lower. READ MORE
In januari 2014 tekende Alastair een contract met Delta Groove Produktions en een paar maand later, verscheen op 17 juni 2014 'Trouble At Your Door'. Het vijfde studio album onder de naam Alastair Greene Band. Het bevat elf zelf geschreven originele songs en één cover.
'People' is een verschroeiende en stampende opener met een zeer stevige en groovy begeleiding. De zware gitaar riffs nemen je dadelijk beet en ook het zeer sterke slide spel van de frontman is om van te snoepen. De band blijft op dit niveau verder gaan met het titel nummer 'Trouble At Your Door'.
Bei aller Traurigkeit über den kürzlichen Tod von Johnny Winter, darf man eines nicht vergessen: guter Nachwuchs steht längst bereit. Einer von denen, der die Fahne des Blues-Rock mit stolzgeschwellter Brust an seinen Amp heftet ist der Kalifornier Alastair Greene. READ MORE
Mitte 2014 wäre die Alastair Greene Band ein Anwärter auf den Newcomer-Posten des Halbjahres. Allerdings wird es das Trio auch im Dezember nicht geschafft haben, denn man hat bereits vier Alben auf dem Markt. 2002 war "A Little Wiser" die erste Platte. Es folgten "Trio Grande" (Official Bootleg), "Live In L.A.", "Walking In Circles", "Through The Rain", "Now And Again". "Trouble At Your Door" ist das Debüt für das Label Eclecto Groove Records. READ MORE
Cruising for the Blues
Alastair Greene - perhaps the area's greatest D.I.Y. bluesman since, well, ever - is indie no longer. Or at least he's no longer putting out his CDs entirely on his own. The guitarist-singer-songwriter, who has plied our local blues circuit for years, has signed with L.A.'s Eclecto Groove Records, part of a label group that boasts, Elvin Bishop, The Mannish Boys, Kid Ramos, and Mitch Kashmar - another longtime local blues stalwart.
Greene's new CD, Trouble at Your Door, comes out Tuesday (June 17th) and while there's no local official CD release concert until June 19, when the axe-man plays at Whiskey Richards (which is also where the video for the title track was shot), you can still see Greene at his regular Thursday night gig at the James Joyce on lower Sate Street. He'll be there all month, as June represents a hiatus from his other job - guitarist and backup singer for the English progressive rocker Alan Parsons. Greene will also perform twice in Ventura this fortnight on Fridays (June 13 at Yolie's and June 20 at The Watermark), and twice this month in the Funk Zone (Saturday, June 21 at Figueroa Mountain Brew Co and Friday, June 27 at Seven Bar). So there's really no excuse not to catch this exceptional guitarist, who looks, sings, and sounds the part of real authentic blues-rocker.