The two years since his award-winning CD It’s All About Love (Bluesnews) Timo Gross, one of the best songwriters between blues and rock (Wasserprawda) has used to redefine and refine his sound and musical point of view. The title Heavy Soul stands for the power and at the same time the burden of the soul. 10 songs are on the album, packed with the heaviest and most haunting grooves of his career. Some songs are influenced by the events that have occupied the world since the beginning of the recording sessions in May 2015.
On the song Why – originally dedicated to a deceased friend – Gross invited over forty colleagues, friends and neighbors to sing in his studio. The song is a statement for greater humanity and respect. Spanish Boots, which Gross wrote together with the Irishman Tony McLoughlin, describes a murder in the Irish Civil War that the protagonist had to witness. But Heavy Soul also stands for songs like the Leadbelly classic Gallis Pole, the acoustic That Something, the New Orleans style One Way Ticket, and the straight ahead Time Ain’t Tight, pimped with modern sounds. Guests include friends of Gross such as: Kosho, guitar (Söhne Mannheims, Xavier Naidoo), Marius Tilly, guitar or Jens Skwirkblies, keyboards (Lake, Ian Cussik).
As always, Timo Gross has a lot to say on Heavy Soul, playing his blues earthy, straightforward and virtuosic. His smoky, expressive voice exposes his soul life and gives the songs a special depth. Timo Gross presents with Heavy Soul a contemporary and relevant album.
“He mixes blues rock with Americana, also uses tribal borrowings to broaden his spectrum. And he sings just as expressively as he has taken another step forward as a songwriter. Great!” (Good Times, October / November 2016)