Eric Saradinas CD - 'Black Pearls'
you are still waiting for the next Stevie Ray Vaughan, the suspense
is over. Eric Sardinas has both the look and the guitar chops.
Not only are his clothes flamboyant, but he often uses an electric
Dobro, which gives him a unique sound. It sounds like he is playing
slide, but there is enough difference to make songs like “Same
Old Way” interesting.
Sardinas uses a lot of clichés in his writing (all the
songs on Black Pearls are his own). He makes up for it in attitude,
though. Whether he is playing acoustically or amplified, you can
hear the swagger come through the recording. When Sardinas’s
woman has done him wrong, you know it.
Sardinas is best acoustically. On “Wicked Ways” he
goes without his bassist and drummer to do a hard-driving solo
performance on a Dobro, which is a rare feat (there are a few
added effects, but Sardinas is playing alone here).
Most of the CD is blues rock, but heavier and better played than
most. The CD also has a popup when played on a PC that connects
to Sardinas’s website for an exclusive movie of live performance
Web site at www.ericsardinas.com
- Dave Howell
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