Tom Coerver is my kind of guy. A talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who isn’t afraid to color outside the lines. Besides some red hot originals, Coerver kicks out the jams on his own versions of songs by folks like Slim Harpo, The Rolling Stones and even Frank Zappa (in a nice rendition of Zoot Allures”.)
Coerver’s balls-to-the -wall cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Gimmie Back My Bullets” is a true mind-blower. A real slide drenched bombastic smoker. I love it.
His “Chevrolet Medley” (including a take on one of my favorite old ZZ Top tunes) is great fun, as is his head on attack on ZZ’s “Waitin’ for the Bus” and The Allman Brothers Band’s “Midnight Rider.”
But let’s not overlook the tasty goodness of Tom’s own original music. The set-starter “You’re The Star” (featured on the current Gritz compilation download) simply rocks, as does the ZZ flavored sauce that covers “Backwoods BBQ,” another favorite.
Like I said earlier, Coerver likes to shake things up, and nowhere is this more evident than on his cover of Gov’t Mule’s “Monkey Hill,” in which he rewrites Warren Haynes’ lyrics to make some personal commentary on the recent political climate. Pretty hot.
Coerver dishes out another fine and mighty full plate of his Louisiana gumbo and it tastes mighty good. Oooh weee! Dat dare is food eatin’!
-Michael Buffalo Smith
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