Great review for Calling Nashville (and it isn’t even released yet)


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It’s sometimes hard to pin down where Trevor Sewell will be playing next, but come February it’s a fair bet that you’ll find him in Los Angeles. In recent years, he has crossed the pond on several occasions to play at some top venues, including the El Reay Theatre, the Whiskey A Go Go Club on Sunset Boulevard, and at the pre Grammy Soirees a couple of times. He has quite a following in the States, winning awards, and several nominations for his songwriting and performing. ‘Calling Nashville’ is his latest offering, and I foresee him having to dig out the black tie and passport once again come the turn of the year!

This modest master of the guitar is clearly held in high regard around the globe. Trevor’s songwriting and guitar playing is at a very high standard, up there with the best, which the names involved in the recording of his new album reflect.

The quality of the sound on ‘Calling Nashville’ is second to none. It was produced and recorded by Geoff Wilbourn, in, well, guess where! Geoff has produced songs by the likes of Johnny Winter and David ‘Honey Boy’ Edwards, and some of the musicians he has worked with were only too pleased to get involved with the album. It is a real coup to not only share duets with blues great Tracy Nelson, on ‘Long Time Ago’, and the wonderful Janis Ian, on a re-working of ‘Fade To Grey’, but they also appear as backing vocalists, along with the multi-talented Mia Moravis, and others.

Janis also tickles the ivories on a few tracks, and the opening bars of the first song on the album – ’Someday’ – have Trevor’s vocal alongside the very upbeat, attention grabbing fiddle playing of Kellen Michael Wenrich, who brings a totally new dimension to the Sewell library of songs.

Some music is hard to pigeon-hole into a particular genre, and this album is a prime example. The variety of styles between the songs and high quality musicianship are two of the reasons why the album could appeal to a wider audience than Trevor has experienced thus far in his career.

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