HOUSTON, TEXAS - Montrose Records announces the signing of blues singer/guitarist Brad Absher and an upcoming January 13 release date for his label debut CD, Lucky Dog. The new album was recorded at Montrose Records Studio in Houston and produced by label head Richard Cagle and acclaimed bassist Larry Fulcher (Taj Mahal), who also adds his trademark bass lines throughout the disc. The rest of the musicians involved in the recording are primarily members of Absher's solid touring band, rightly dubbed "Swamp Royale" for the earthy, soulful sounds they create around Brad's masterful guitar work and vocals.   

Brad Absher's Gulf Coast sound recipe includes equal amounts of blues, soul, and gospel, stirred up just right into a magical gumbo that goes down easy and has a spicy kick to it, recalling the best of Memphis and Muscle Shoals, too. The dozen songs on Lucky Dog include a healthy dose of Absher originals that showcase his songwriting prowess in the blues/R&B/gospel field, as well as several outstanding covers of songs by William Bell ("You Don't Miss Your Water"), Leon Russell ("I'd Rather Be Blind"), Allan Toussaint ("Lipstick Traces"), the traditional gospel tune, "Jesus on the Main Line," and Bill Withers ("Same Love"). Interestingly, Brad's warm vocals recall the great Bill Withers in timbre and grit throughout the entire CD. And his guitar work stands out all over Lucky Dog with some greasy lines, strident fills and tangy solos that drip with soul/blues power. (More)