Review By JMM
om Heyman’s ’24th Street Blues’ album is a captivating journey through the rich tapestry of Americana music as a follow-up to his well-received 2019 album ‘Show Business, Baby,’ this latest offering solidifies Heyman’s reputation as a skilled songwriter, guitarist, and storyteller in the genre.
The album kicks off with “24th Street Blues,” a rootsy and melodic track that sets the tone for what’s to come. Heyman’s warm and weathered voice immediately draws you in, delivering lyrics that are contemplative and introspective. The song’s gentle instrumentation, featuring acoustic guitars and tasteful pedal steel, creates an inviting atmosphere.
Throughout ’24th Street Blues,’ Heyman masterfully combines elements of folk, country, and blues to craft a sound that feels both timeless and contemporary. “Desperate ” exemplifies this fusion, with its twangy guitars and heartfelt lyrics. It’s a song that captures the essence of classic Americana storytelling.
One of the standout tracks on the album for me is “The Mission Is On Fire ” a rollicking, tune that showcases Heyman’s impressive guitar skills. His slide guitar work adds a touch of bluesy grit to the song, while the lyrics offer a glimpse into the world of Tom Hayman
Heyman’s songwriting on ’24th Street Blues’ is marked by its authenticity and relatability. Whether he’s exploring themes of love and relationships or reflecting on the passage of time his lyrics are filled with vivid imagery and universal emotions. Heyman’s ability to convey complex feelings with simplicity is a testament to his songwriting talent.
The album also features tracks like Searching For The Holy Ghost, capturing the song’s wistful and melancholic mood. It’s a fitting addition to the album, showcasing Heyman’s reverence
Instrumentally, ’24th Street Blues’ is a finely crafted work. Heyman’s guitar playing is exceptional, and his arrangements are both tasteful and evocative. Whether he’s delivering soulful slide guitar solos or delicate fingerpicking, his guitar work is consistently engaging and expressive.
In terms of production, ’24th Street Blues’ maintains a warm and organic sound that complements the Americana aesthetic. The mix allows each instrument and vocal to breathe, creating a sense of intimacy and immediacy that draws the listener into the songs.
One of the album’s highlights is Heyman’s ability to convey a sense of place and atmosphere through his music. Songs like “That Tender Touch ” and “Quit Pretending ” transport the listener to the streets and neighbourhoods of San Francisco, adding an extra layer of depth to the storytelling.
In conclusion, ’24th Street Blues’ by Tom Heyman is a beautifully crafted Americana album that resonates with authenticity and musical excellence. Heyman’s songwriting, guitar skills, and evocative storytelling are on full display, creating a collection of songs that feel both personal and universal. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Americana or new to the genre, this album is a must-listen for anyone who appreciates soulful, heartfelt music. It’s a testament to Heyman’s talent as a musician and songwriter and a welcome addition to the world of Americana music.
24TH STREET BLUES
1 24th Street Blues
3 Barbara Jean
4 Sonny Jim
5 Hidden History
6 The Mission Is On Fire
7 Quit Pretending
8 Like A Lion
9 Searching For The Holy Ghost
10 White Econoline
11 That Tender Touch
12 Desperate (Redux)