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Brooke, Billy Miles - 2008 All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go

ARTIST: Brooke, Billy Miles
ALBUM: All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go
LABEL: Toad Ranch Records
YEAR: 2008


LINEUP: Billy Miles Brooke - lead & backing vocals, guitars * Michael St. Leon, Richie Scholl - guitars * Paul Westbrook, Tommy MacDonald - bass * Randy Leago - Piano, B3 organ, saxophone, horns * Paul Snyder, Justin Amaral - drums, percussion * Casme - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Queen Of the Stardust Ball * 02 The Lights On Lonely Blvd * 03 Tears And Wine * 04 All Wound Up * 05 Around The World * 06 Midnight Rain * 07 Sloe Gin * 08 Moonlight Boogie * 09 The Raging Light Of Dawn * 10 Tearin' Up The Town



I've been living with this CD for a week now. While on my computer, before I go to work and a few times after, even in my car this morning while running errands on a chilly Minneapolis morning and to be frank it has provided a nice break from the political and doomsday 'We're all going to die tomorrow' financial chaos going on in the world, so I have to thank Mr Brooke for sparing me the brutal realities of man-made stupidity for just a little while. 'It's Only Rock 'n Roll' to quote The Rolling Stones.. right Billy? Damn straight, and speaking of the Stones, those bad boys of rock are the touchstone for 'All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go', We're talking the down and dirty period of 'Sticky Fingers' with a greasy helping of early skinny and cool haired Rod Stewart and a smattering of the glitter rock ala David Bowie and Mott The Hoople.

The Songs
I suppose for some Glory Daze readers, Brooke's influences and style might be a little too down to earth and gritty, but if you own anything by The Black Crowes and Georgia Satellites, 'All Dressed Up..' will fit nicely between the two. Opener 'Queen Of The Stardust Ball' has that 'All the Young Dudes' spirit and hooks me in almost immediately. Solid 70's influences here with no apologies. Brooke plays and sings like he's visited every honky-tonk and beer stinky dive with a chicken wire fence surrounded stage from Amarillo to Houston and back again. Other top list choices include 'Tears And Wine' where Brooke sounds oh-so Mick Jagger and the rocking 'Moonlight Boogie' which twenty years ago might have landed on the radio since it fits with everything the Crowes and Satellites were doing at the time with sleazy guitar over kick ass boogie. Hell yeah!

In Summary
A superb disc and I hope we hear more from Billy in the future. This type of music, from my vantage point at least seems to be making a comeback with people hungry for real music and Billy Miles Brooke delivers the goods. As his biography suggests, grab a bottle of Jack and crank it up.

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