Blues guitarist and singer Timo Gross releases new album They have accompanied him, carried him through difficult as well as fulfilling times: For his new album Timo Gross has looked back on his life and selected songs that have touched him, accompanied him, shaped him – musical landmarks on his way to becoming a professional musician. Whether Infected by The The, I Thank You by Z.Z. Top or James Taylor’s Sweet Baby James : In all pieces, says the guitarist and singer, he feels the blues and exactly that he gives them in his own, very personal and emotional interpretations. October 2013 Landmarks was released by the label Fuego. The 49-year-old’s perhaps most personal work to date contains eleven songs. These pieces have been with me all my life, they are like good friends, he says. It was time to give them the blues. Although pieces such as Word Up by Cameo or Alphabet Street by Prince have nothing to do with Timo Gross’ main genre at first glance, in his interpretations they take on the very colors that are characteristic of the blues: Sometimes dragging heavy, sometimes as light as a life can be, even if it has already trembled and suffered, Landmarks comes along. Of course, it also contains homages to Timo Gross’ great heroes like the recently deceased J.J. Cale (I Make Love To You Any Time) and Charles Brown’s Driftin Blues, which Eric Clapton had in his live program for a long time. The emotional, sometimes raw character of Landmarks is underlined by the recording technique of the album: the eleven songs were recorded live, ten of them in Andy Schorpp’s Schiller Studio in Karlsruhe. In addition to his rhythm section Chris Gajny on bass and Franz Eichberger on drums, Timo Gross had young guitarist Manuel Bastian in the studio this time and Markus Lauer on the Hammond. The guitarist and singer was once again responsible for the production. As in his previous releases, Timo Gross focuses on variety and creative arrangements without losing sight of his style and roots. Whether it’s Marc Cohn’s Walk Through The World With Me, which he has turned into a moving guitar number, or Incected by The The, which makes an excellent blues number with its steel-heavy theme and emotional lyrics: Timo Gross knows how to give the tracks his very own signature. And even without a band, all alone with his acoustic guitar, he convinces: Sweet Baby James (James Taylor) becomes at the end of the record the emotional highlight of a journey into the musical past of Timo Gross back to his very personal landmarks.
,,Early Clapton, J. J. Cale are obvious favorites, but amaze and delight also some unusual finds: “Be Good” by the Hothouse Flowers burns! Anspieltipp again on the safe side: Sam & Dave’s “I Thank You” in the sound dress of ZZ Top!” (Good Times, December 2013 / January 2014)
,,… the 49-year-old infiltrates every number with his twelve-bar feel. ,,Infected” by The never sounded so grounded, with ,,Word Up” by Cameo or ,,Alphabet Street” by Prince you can discover new facets.” (stereoplay, February 2014)