CD REVIEW: Full Circle by George Gritzbach

Full Circle is Gritzbach‘s sixth studio release and showcases his first-rate songwriting talents coupled with a range of roots-blues musical styles he describes as roots rhythm & blues. Now who doesn’t like the good ol’ rhythm and blues, especially in this day and age. 

Gritzbach’s expressive vocal style infuses the ten songs on the album with grit and honesty. When you mix grit and honesty, the listener will either really love what they’re going to hear or are going to hate it. Let’s just say that it left us with a lot of mixed feelings, which is good, persay. 

Gritzbach is supported  throughout by a seasoned rhythm section featuring Scott Lariviere on bass, Christian McCarthy on drums, Johnny Menezes on keyboards with Peter Murry on saxophone. This dynamic cast is especially good when they’re just vibing and letting the music speak to them. What more can you ask for from natural musicians?

The lyrics throughout the album all bare Gritzbach’s unique and often surprising poetic twists and turns of phrase. A poet doesn’t force a poem, but allows his thoughts to flow effortlessly into paper, and then to a musical delight that’s pleasant to the ear.

We wanted to hear more from George and see what he had to say about his album.

George Gritzbach comments on the wide range of songs on Full Circle:

“I have one basic creative rule of thumb or creative imperative, if you will, simply go where the muse leads you. Sometimes this is more difficult than it sounds, it requires one to let go, to step aside and trust the process. Personally, it takes emotional work to stay right-sized, which for me fosters the zone for creativity.”

We couldn’t agree more; emotion is what drives creativity and allows you to get the most out of yourself. Check it out for yourself and tell us what emotion is sparked after listening to the album. 

Below is the link to George Gritzbach’s new album, Full Circle.

by Javier Zepeda

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