A platter of 10 classic soul and R’n’B rave-ups is served up hot on the debut album from this well-oiled San Diego band fronted by Bob “Sully” Sullivan, a do-it-yourself entrepreneur, national radio and TV host who channels his powers of persuasion into the role of magnetic front man. Recorded at the legendary Henson Recording Studio (formerly A&M Studios) in Hollywood with multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Chris Goldsmith (Blind Boys of Alabama, Charlie Musselwhite, Ben Harper) and Grammy-winning bassist James East as musical director, “Let’s Straighten It Out” captures the band’s show-stopping magic.
A few highlights:
If You Love Me Like You Say: A classic tune from the late “Iceman” Albert Collins, the song is given a decidedly New Orleans vibe on this soulful version. One part horn-driven Chicago blues rock, and one part Mardi Gras parade, this unique reworking sounds both fresh and classic.
When The Battle Is Over: This hidden Dr. John-penned gem, originally recorded as one-sided boast by Delaney & Bonnie (and later by Aretha), is given a fun and funky update.
If I Could Only Be Sure: Nolan Porter’s forgotten classic “If I Could Only Be Sure,” originally released in 1972, gets another shot at the limelight with this dynamic new version. The bluesy tune features Sully’s aching vocal and a haunting guitar line, supported by a driving rhythm section led by Grammy-winning bassist (and musical director) James East.