David Grissom: How It Feels To Fly

Guitar-for-hire goes it alone with some style.

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Grissom’s CV as a six-string sideman includes stints playing with Buddy Guy, John Mayall, the Allman Brothers and Chris Isaak, but his own voice shines like no one else.

He may name-check Lightnin’ Hopkins on the opening Bringin’ Sunday Mornin’ To Saturday Night, but the track owes a greater debt to modern heavy blues exponent Stevie Ray Vaughan, while Georgia Girl and Satisfied cut a confident Southern rock groove.

His dextrous playing never overwhelms the songs and the guitar always serves the melodies and imagery-laden lyrics. He’s let off the leash somewhat on the four live tracks that close the album, and relishes letting his fingers fly on a cover of the Allmans’ Jessica and a gritty take on ZZ Top’s Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings.

Terry Staunton was a senior editor at NME for ten years before joined the founding editorial team of Uncut. Now freelance, specialising in music, film and television, his work has appeared in Classic Rock, The Times, Vox, Jack, Record Collector, Creem, The Village Voice, Hot Press, Sour Mash, Get Rhythm, Uncut DVD, When Saturday Comes, DVD World, Radio Times and on the website Music365.