I’ve been listening to a new artist, let me be more precise “new to me and the Blues Highway”. But there is nothing new about Brody Buster. He’s been at his craft from the time he was a child prodigy and mastered the harmonica. Through the years he would work with some notable artists such as; Quincy Jones, Keb’ Mo’, Chaka Kahn and the harmonica master himself Lee Oskar. Even B.B. King recognized the talents of Buster, when he commented “Despite his age, Brody Buster is one of the greatest harmonica players of our time.” Coming from someone like B.B. King that, is an impressive endorsement to say the least.
Listening to 8 tracks from the CD One Man Band I understand fully where these accolades come from. Especially when you add to the mix, his “roots” style guitar artistry, you are certainly entertained, if not a bit overwhelmed. The first track on the CD is Get Out of My Life. This song was written by Kansas City Bluesman Eugene Smiley Sr. and Brody knocks this one out of the park. A great song and a great cover to start the CD off on the right path. He then follows that with a Grateful Dead song New Speedway Boogie, he picks up the tempo in his rendition and truly makes this his own. I like the fact that Buster takes chances with his chosen material. The same thing holds true with his next track a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m on Fire. Now, if you’re expecting that soulful rendition that Springsteen delivers, you may be disappointed. A minute into the Buster treatment and you will be captured be his interpretation. It’s okay to put your own spin on covers, if you ask me. That’s exactly what he does and it is wonderful. One of my favorite tracks on the CD is an original, 2029. Here is a video from Youtube and I don’t think I could express words that does it better than the visual! Enjoy.
The CD One Man Band rounds out with two other notable covers, the Beatles Get Back and Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U. Both demonstrate’s Busters love of all sorts of music and his genius ability to make them his own. There are also more of his original tunes as well, Into the Wind (a personal favorite of the Soul Man) and Working for the Devil. Overall this is an excellent listening experience, and you can look forward to his showing up on future Blues Highway Podcasts. I know, this lover of roots music (and beyond) is looking forward to future tunes and merriment from Mr. Brody Buster. Pick up his new CD and like his page on Facebook facebook.com/brodybusterband/ for updates of future going on’s for this talented artist.