Johnny Winter set the southern-blues world on its ass with his electrifying brand of blues on his slide guitar and ‘faster than light’ picking. There is no mistaking a Winter song from the early period of his career before he went full-time into traditional Delta Blues music. Eric Sardinas brings a comparison to that brand of fiery Southern-blues to his own music with his own guitars, slide and all. On Sardinas’ fourth album, Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, he visits a few worlds with the same singed-air qualities that Mr Winter breathed in and exhaled with twice the heat.
On “It’s Nothin’ New,” Sardinas growls in this George Thorogood-like cut with the same intensity that Thorogood unleashed on his own classics. Sardinas channels Winter in his live cut, “Just Like That.” And then even tackles Presley with a cover of “Burning Love,” paying respects to the famed Memphis resident. Not a bad job. It has a sliver of rogue electricity running along wires at its periphery. “Wonderin’ Blues” starts with the real sounds of the blues before launching into a rock tune with plenty of slide.
This kind of fiery guitar playing highlighted the ‘70s American blues-rock foundations of many bands from that era. It’s great to hear it in its beautifully raw state on Eric Sardinas and Big Motor. For those that like a step back in time to the guitars of a wondrous period (‘70s), look no further because Eric Sardinas can play as few others can. Eric Sardinas and Big Motor is a blues snake charmer.
Eric Sardinas and Big Motor is a whole lot of satisfaction. Johnny Winter once sang “…if I can’t make ya happy, I’ll jump into the river and drown.” Eric Sardinas plays that mantra like he means it.