“Neon Highway Blues” is the 21st album from guitarist Gary Hoey. When you consider that his first albumw was released in 1991 (28 years ago), 21 albums is a seriously impressive work rate. It’s certainly not a case of quantity over quality either as anyone who’s listened to his albums will attest. I first heard Gary Hoey play live at the Rockin’ the blues show in London last year where he performed on a bill alongside Eric Gales, Lance Lopez and Quinn Sullivan. I was very impressed by his performance and I think he gained a fair few UK fans that night.
With this album he’s spent a lot of time getting it right – around a year and a half, fitting it into gaps in his touring schedule. The album is very Blues oriented and is a mix of songs and instrumentals. Gary’s son Ian Hoey plays on one of the songs and there are also guest appearances from Lance Lopez, Josh Smith and Eric Gales.
The album kicks off with “Under the rug” which features a guest appearance from Eric Gales. Check it out here..
It’s a great track as is “Damned if I do” which features a guest appearance from Lance Lopez. In fact the whole album is pretty damn good.
Check out “Don’t come crying”
There’s a real variety of Blues music here – this is a stunningly good album that shows some of the variety of music that falls under the “blues” category. The songs are all well written and the vocals are great. The guitar work is as impressive as you’d expect, but it never overpowers the song.
The instrumentals are excellent and really deserve their place on the album. “Waiting on the sun” and “Almost heaven” are very different tracks but both are excellent, although I have to say “Almost heaven” is not only my favourite instrumental on the album – it’s probably my favourite track on the entire album.
A fantastic album.
“Neon highway blues” will be released on 15th March 2019
1. Under the rug (featuring Eric Gales)
2. Mercy of love (featuring Josh Smith)
3. Your kind of love
4. Don’t come crying (featuring Ian Hoey)
5. Still believe in love
6. Almost heaven
7. I felt alive
8. Waiting on the sun
9. Damned if I do (featuring Lance Lopez)
10. Living the nightlife
11. Neon highway blues