Zed Mitchell: Route 69 – album review

Zed Mitchell

Route 69

Timezone Records

CD | DL | LP

German guitarist Zed Mitchell returns with a new solo record that will rejoice all fans of his laid back blues-rock style. Louder Than War’s Craig Chaligné reviews.

After numerous years playing as a studio and touring musician, Zed Mitchell has been concentrating on his solo output for the past fifteen years releasing eight albums. Recorded over the past year at his own Funk Studio in Berlin, it sees our host plough his furrow of languid blues-rock with gusto.

Opening number, By Sundown You’ll Be Gone (one of the four tracks featuring lyrics by Pete Feenstra), has a definite Dire Straits vibe due in no part to Zed’s vocals that are a dead ringer for Mark Knopfler, a solid groove that proves to be a great way to open the record. The catchy I Like To Drive proves to be one of the album’s most memorable numbers with a slight Chris Rea vibe. A more reflective side is displayed on I’m Still Waiting and The Girl That Broke Your Heart while the gentle Freedom Trail, with its tasteful guitar parts and great lyrics, leaves a lasting impression. Things mellow down on From My Dreams and the jazzy Midnight Melody. Is This Life and Blue In Your Eyes aren’t as memorable but things pick up again with the groovy Life Will Always Find You and the memorable solo on I Don’t Know. Fake and its revolving bass line closes off the album in fine style. A carefully crafted record by a fine musician.

Zed Mitchell’s official website is: www.zedmitchell.com. He can also be found on Facebook.

All words by Craig Chaligne. More from Craig can be found at his Author Archive. He tweets at @ChaligneCraig.

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