Album Reviews
Scott Holt - Dark Of The Night

Scott Holt's Dark Of The Night album is well-crafted and raucous. From the opening collaboration with Buddy Guy on Breakin' Up Somebody's Home to the final song Voodoo Chile performed with The Jimi Hendrix Experience Band, Holt's second offering is captivating. Holt honed his skills for 9 years as a member of Buddy Guy's band contributing to his live performances and recordings. On the album he enlisted frontline help in the form of Double Trouble and the Hendrix Experience Band with which he plays 4 songs each.

[-Scott Holt CD - Dark Of The Night-]

While Holt was awesome as Buddy's foil, he is terrific fronting his band and the two legendary rythm sections on this album. Of the songs Holt performs with Double Trouble, the John Lee Hooker song Dimples is a perfect vehicle for Holt's rich strong vocals and fully extended but not overbearing soloing. Five Women is a classic blues story line that Holt cooks into a smoking "can't get it out of your head" blues anthem.

Finally on the 6th cut on the album, The Scott Holt Band cranks it up with the Holt penned title track. Holt's band stands up strongly in comparison to the other backing enlisted on this album. Considering who that represents that is a monster job to accomplish.

Holt performs songs written by such music stalwarts as Otis Rush, Bob Dylan, Guitar Slim and Ray Charles, and brings his experience with Guy, to create a good time party album that is as welcome to hear as an old friends voice.

Reviewed by Dennis R. Wismer

[-Scott Holt plays at Legends-]
Photo by Dennis R. Wismer
Scott Holt and Buddy jam with the band at Legend's - Jan. 1999

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