Kermit Lynch is well-known to oenophiles for his unique wine importing business; but even his most ardent customers would be surprised to find heâ€™s also a gifted musician. Throughout the sixties, Lynch fronted bands in the Berkeley area, only giving it up in the early â€˜70s when his travels through Europe begat a career in wine. With the encouragement of vintner/musician Boz Scaggs, Lynch returned to music in 2005, and with co-producer Ricky Fataar, released the album Quicksand Blues. In 2009 he followed-up with Manâ€™s Temptation, mixing literate, world-traveled originals with well-selected covers that included a terrific old-timey take on Lee Hazlewoodâ€™s rockabilly classic â€œThe Fool.â€
With Fataar once again in the producerâ€™s seat (and drummerâ€™s throne), Lynch offers up his third course, adding an original title track to ten covers. Much like his taste in wines, Lynchâ€™s music is varied and at times eclectic. He sings country, rock, blues, folk, reggae, Cole Porterâ€™s â€œEvery Time We Say Goodbye,â€ and even the romantic WWII-era â€œItâ€™s Been a Long, Long Time.â€ His voice is a bluesy instrument with the weathered edges of someone more partial to grain than grape, and it adds new shades to each interpretation. The opening original â€œKitty Furâ€ has the blue jazz feel of Mose Allison, the Rolling Stonesâ€™ â€œWinterâ€ is played more like Sticky Fingers than Goats Head Soup, and Dylanâ€™s slight â€œWinterludeâ€ (from 1970â€™s New Morning) is slowed into a luscious waltz thatâ€™s more classic country than the originalâ€™s old-timey vibe.
Lynch is backed by top-notch players, including Rick Vito on guitar, Michael Omartian on piano, Dennis Crouch, Michael Rhodes on bass, Glen Duncan on fiddle and Lloyd Green on pedal steel. The core players are augmented by a horn section for Bobby Blue Blandâ€™s â€œSheâ€™s Puttinâ€™ Something in My Food,â€ and sound really together as a band, suggesting Lynch is as accomplished at leading a band as he is leading a business. [Â©2011 hyperbolium dot com]