On his new release Arkansas native Joe Pitts comes out of the chute kicking with the most excellent “Lowdown, Mean and Dirty,” a blues rocker that hints at shades of Gov’t Mule. Just a couple of minutes into the album Pitts takes his first lead ride and even those who have thus far been unfamiliar with Joe’s music quickly come to realize that they are dealing with a major talent. Something I have known for several years now.
While it is true that Joe studied at the Berklee College of Music, his technical prowess in no way overshadows his ability to write and play from the heart. He plays with the soul of a Warren Haynes or a Walter Trout.
His guitar tone is very pleasing to my ear, as is his unassuming vocal style, clearly evident on “Midnight Blue.” Of course, no man is an island and Pitts brings in a top flight band to back up his guitar magic. Jimmy Lynn thumps on bass, Jahleel Eli is in the pocket on drums as is George Mitchell on his two appearances on the kit. Wayne Sharp is hot on B-3 as is Stephen Winter on piano and Gary Getts on harp.
On of my personal favorite tracks is the title track “One More Day.” Joe’s slide guitar skills are on display for all to hear. Of course, “Multicolor Memories” is another standout tune with some deeply rich lead guitar in it.
Simply stated, One More Day is a remarkable record from one of the South’s tastiest guitarists.
-Michael Buffalo Smith