Andy Fairweather Low and The Low Riders, Zone-O-Tone Album Review
Andy Fairweather Low, Zone-O-Tone.
Released: October 2013 on Proper Records.
HE has always been a disciple of a broad church, and the joy of a new Andy Fairweather Low album is that he has a way of reminding you how you felt when you first discovered the music which lit your touch paper.
In Zone-O-Tone the one-time 1960s teen idol, now a revered axeman for Clapton and Roger Waters, lets his reverence for everything from pre-war music hall crooners, to classic gospel, to Atlantic Soul and Stax, shine like a glitterball.
It is thrill-a-minute stuff, partly because he and the Low Riders - A-list session men Dave Bronze, Nick Pentelow and Paul Beavis - pinball from one heady genre to another, and they nail them all in spades.
And largely because he is the kind of rangy, funky, unpredictable guitar player who makes toe-the-line rock gods silently seethe.
The track La La Music delivers a sharp kicking to the candyfloss which keeps the music business churning, and for sure he makes sounds fit to go the distance.
Also, for a man who is known as, and who wants to be known as, a guitar player, he writes warm, philosophical and heady songs, which are classics even if the ink has only just dried on them.