Come What May

The title track “Open For Business,” sets up the album with a signal the good times are about to roll ….  His voice is unadorned, and the recording style offers no reverb, just the facts man.  His guitar playing is focused and the solos smack with down right sizzle …, filled with heavy chops and a solid blues rhythm.  Harris opens up for business with his solo, replete with quick dexterity and an unwavering blues language. His tone is warm and round and offers a recognizable tone 

“Come What May,” features Harris on slide guitar this time out.  The tune has a reminiscence of the Austin blues scene. A bit of grit and a pinch of tex-mex.  Harris adds in his searing blues guitar filled with chromaticism and flair ….  Harris has a measured style with his vocals, but each time he takes a solo its clear the wild man in him steps forth.  His solos are edgy and filled with a lot of soul. 

Overall, Open For Business is a strong debut.  A lot of great songs that feature heartfelt performances …. His guitar solos are filled with fire and the band stands up to meet the call with slam dunk performances.  Long and short, a fun listen from beginning to end. 

Imogen Speith   -  https://www.allaboutvocals.com/?p=2048 

 

With "Open For Business," Harris works to combine improvisation with actual melodic arrangements. What remains is a blues / jazz / guitar centric work with a smattering of Southern Rock. I cannot end without mentioning Harris' voice - rough and "gravely," and I found his voice interesting and certainly listenable ….  [W]hat is undeniable is his skill on the guitar. And for that, he is magnificent, as is "Open For Business."  

Paul Wilson   -  https://audiophilereview.com/audiophile-music/new-music.html

  

His lead guitar works is searing, at times giving hints of Carlos Santana as on the slithering “How Much Is Too Much” and gives a hip 50s calypso tilt on “Tell Me Why.” Cumpian’s harmonica is a howling wind, as on the hilarious “Viagra Falls” and wails with Kostakes on “Is It Ever This Hard.” Nights at the local VFW are delivered on the two stepper “Come What May” and the rhythm team bends and snaps like Reese Witherspoon on “There’s Only So Much a Man Can Do.” Does this cd come with a two drink minimum? 

George W Harris   -   https://www.jazzweekly.com/2019/02/so-eight-beats-go-into-a-barric-harris-open-for-business/

 

The title track “Open For Business” opens the album, … [and] you can hear that this is going to be a true blues album, one based in the rich hues of the tradition. Harris’ voice is gritty and  … conveys the blues and emotion all the same …. The lyrics are playful and witty and the melody memorable.  

“Is It Ever This Hard” is a bluesy number that borrows from the funky sounds of the 70s …. Harris turns up the heart with his melody and the band is off to the races with solos, starting with the impressive slide work of Harris. His slide work has good intonation, tone and feel, as he milks out all the emotion from his guitar. 

 Shannon Smith  -  https://soundinreview.com/ric-harris-open-for-business-review/

 

 

 

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