Next In Line

Tyler Morris Band

Vizztone Records, 2018

http://www.tylerdmorris.com

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 10/30/2018

There's a pretty good chance you've already heard the guitar acrobatics of Boston's Tyler Morris. He's already performed alongside legends like Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Sammy Hagar, and Vince Neil among many others, as well as playing countless venues across the country. nbtc__dv_250

His third album Next In Line brings on Joe Louis Walker and the Uptown Horns, as well as Scott Spray, Tyger MacNeal, Morten Fredheim, and Mike Dimeo, all of whom allow Morris to further shape his flourishing brand of blues rock. Even though Morris shies away from the microphone, he actually wrote nine of the tunes here.

But here's the real surprise; Tyler Morris is still a teenager.

He was playing clubs at age 11. His first album was released at the young age of 15. Now he's making a name for himself in the world of rock music at the tender age of 19.

Somewhat surprisingly, the albums starts off with synth, but it isn't long until the roaring guitars sweep in on “Ready To Shove,” where an '80s blues rock edge makes this an ideal lead off track. “Livin' The Life” follows with more strong riffage and a punchy rock feel, and “Willie The Wimp” brings in some swampy southern rock ideas.

The middle of the album is where some of the best tracks reside. “Down On My Luck” is a cathartic blues rocker with some of the best vocals and incredible guitar work from Morris, and “Talkin' To Me” is an ultra-cool '80s rocker that could have soundtracked any number of action movies from that decade. For the guitar fanatics, though, the guitar shredding on “Thunder” will certainly impress and astound.

The last few tracks continue the strong formula with the nearly psych rock of 'This Ain't No Fun,” while things get soulful on the album closer “Keep On Driving.”

Any and all fans of blues rock will need to keep an eye on this youngster; he's shaping up to be the Jonny Lang of this decade.

Rating: B

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