Clocking in over 80 minutes of pure blistering blues, Porchlight is a great introduction for those unfamiliar with Todd Sharpville. For those already in the know, this two-CD set is a reminder of just how great this former “Best U.K. Guitarist” (1995) can be when on top of his game; he is a world class blues guitarist with chops that call to mind the late Stevie Ray Vaughan and vocals that can be compared to Vaughan’s brother, Jimmie.
Porchlight features 15 tracks, none more soul-stirring than “Why Does It Rain?” As Sharpville wails to God, “down on my knees,” you can feel the blues powering through this master musician. Other standouts include “When the World is Not Enough,” featuring Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds on harmonica, and “When the Blues Come Calling.” The latter also includes the standout guitar work of Joe Louis Walker coming through the right speaker, while Sharpville’s own playing blast through the left. The mix allows the listener to clearly distinguish the individuals’ distinct styles, fostering even greater appreciation for the talent of both guitarists.
Porchlight is out now on MiG Music.