the Buzz for July 23rd, 2010


Doyle Bramhall II & Smokestack — “Send Some Love”
(from Welcome) — Send

Bramhall produced Sheryl Crow’s terrific new ’70s-soul-inspired record, and when I learned that, I instantly flashed back to this tune, a decade-old knockout blues ballad. Ask me, he never quite found the unique vocal intensity that his material has continually required, but he has crafted flashes of magic and brilliance time and again. If you don’t buy that this boy is hurtin’ somethin’ fierce in this moment, you’re not listening hard enough.