Andy Evans’ ‘Miracle’ a polished album from an experienced Texas songwriter
Album comes out in January
Blues rocker Andy Evans is a man of many talents. He’s a songwriter, studio guitarist, poet and master live performer from Dallas, Texas.
On his new album “Miracle,” Evans releases a set of polished songs that have been inspired by legendary artists such as Rush, The Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac as well as current contemporaries such as Jack White and Ryan Adams.
The songs on “Miracle,” Evans debut solo album, convey strong emotions dealing with heartbreak, joy, love, loss and hope.
According to the album’s official release, “his straightforward guitar playing accompanies vivid lyrics that show his knack for poignant storytelling; he paints poetic, personal pictures of the bold road towards exploring life with wide-open eyes and forging human connections.”
My favorite track on the album has to be “Shape of Love,” which includes sassy horns and an upbeat melody that complement Evans’ confident vocals and the exciting guitar solo. It reminds me of a song you’d hear while walking down Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras.
Evans follows that track up with the darker “Judas” that relies more on the almost-metal like guitars and reverb goodness. He somehow is able to make the chorus sound bluesy, which really is an impressive bit of musicianship.
The title track, on the other hand, takes a lighter approach. It’s subtlety is it’s strong suit and the way Evans makes it sound so easy and carefree has to be commended. I pictured myself laying in a hammock on a beach with a beautiful woman as the sun set while we sipped on our margaritas as I listened to this track. It’s hook “I witnessed a miracle today, she said she loved me,” really fits the tone of the song, as well or vice versa.
The other notable track on the album, “Elemental” starts rather ordinarily, but it’s slow burn catches on as the song progresses. It’s a simple song, no question, but that simplicity is it’s greatest strength. It takes a talented and experienced musician to pull a song like that off without making it sound incomplete somehow.
Overall each of the tracks on “Miracle” have lots of redeeming qualities to them. If you like artists such as Alabama Shakes, John Legend, Kaleo,Gary Clark Jr. Ryan Adams or The Black Keys you’ll dig Andy Evans. “Miracle” comes out in January.