RockIt Records & Recording Catalog
Greg Koch/4 Days In The South
1. Bored to Tears
Despite a string of previous releases this was my first encounter with Greg Koch and his work. “4 Days In The South” was a good introduction with the material on this collection offering some bluesy tinged rock with elements of other styles and all mixed in with outstanding guitar technique, original songwriting and enthusiastic delivery.
This is heralded as “a southern ‘chicken-fried' blues rock bonanza!” on the CD booklet and this just about covers what you can expect. Some great blues with the opener “Bored To Tears”, “The Love Contractor” and my favourite “Your Face”, a portion of southern rock with “When Were The Good Old Days?” and a little bit of country in “Keep On Singin”. “Keep On Singing” presents an unusual ingredient in this recipe which does more to show Greg's musical versatility than add any substance to the rest of the collection. Despite this I enjoyed my introduction to Greg Koch and so might you if you've not encountered him before, especially if you're up for a nice mixture of blues and southern rock with good guitar work and some inventive songwriting. Greg has been dubbed “an eclectic virtuoso” and “4 Days In The South” is a testament to that description.
Fender guitar demonstrator, Greg Koch a top session player, a Mid West guitar legend and one of the hottest players on the planet.
But then again there are countless other great players about, but what sets “4 Days In The South” apart from Greg's previous recorded output, and indeed apart from his contemporaries is his willingness to shift styles at the drop of a hat, moving from Rock/Blues with an Allman Brothers feel to gentle funk, via some warped country and even a brilliantly conceived stab at Zappa on the self penned ‘Chicken From Hell'.
This “twisted guitar genius”, with
some frightningly catholic musical tastes isn't the world's greats singer,
but there's so much depth to his playing and variety to his oeuvre, that
you can overlook this shortfall, and revel in the magisterial playing.
Guitar fans and rock/blues fans alike will sure love this latest “king of the strings”, best summarised as virtuoso playing made fun.
Pete Feenstra, (UK)