Toronzo Cannon seems to be the man of the town lately. His first album for Alligator records is set to be released on February 26th. It’s titled The Chicago Way. Alligator Records has a special promotion on their website. The first 200 people who order it will get an autographed copy for the affordable price of $14.98. There is free shipping in the U.S. If one receives an Alligator news letter as this writer does, there is a free download of the song ‘Bad Contract’. It’s nice to see a record company actually trying to promote a new CD these days.
Toronzo just had a birthday on St. Valentine’s Day. Does that help with the ladies? Who knows? Hope he didn’t sign a bad contract.
There are at least three CD release shows scheduled in Chicago. The first show is on March 1st at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn. Berwyn!!! The next show is at the Hideout in Chicago on March 4th. The third show is March 5th at Buddy Guy’s Legends.
This will be Cannon’s fourth release. His first recording was self released in 2007 titled My Woman. His next two releases were for Delmark Records. Leaving Mood came out in 2011 and John The Conqueror Root in 2013. Both of the Delmark recordings are highly recommended by this writer. John The Conqueror Root was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Rock Blues album of the year.
Before venturing out on his own, Toronzo played guitar with Tommy McCracken, Wayne Baker Brooks, L.V. Banks and Joanna Connor. Toronzo has played at the Chicago Blues Festival many times, headlining last year. He’ll appear this year again along with Tommy Castro and the Painkillers. He’s also played many other festivals around the country and Europe. He’s toured France, Armenia, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Luxembourg, South Africa and Mexico since 2010
His music is considered contemporary blues. Call it whatever one wants to call it. There are different elements including a hard driving guitar played on his Flying V. There’s soulful blues, there’s classic electric Chicago blues and a splash of Jimi Hendrix. If one likes Jimi, Buddy, Stevie Ray Vaughan or any of the blues rock played by so many others, Toronzo will be easy to like. This disc has enjoyable guitar sounds from beginning to end.
Don’t take this writers word for it. Both Toronzo’s website and Alligator Records website offer full length songs to sample. If one doesn’t like it there is no obligation. How much easier can it be? Having listened to it, this writer immediately ordered a copy.