Clocking in over 80 minutes of pure blistering blues, Porchlight is a great introduction to those uninitiated in the music of Todd Sharpville. For those already in the know, this 2-CD set is a reminder of just how great this former “Best U.K. Guitarist” (1995) can be when on top of his game, a world class blues guitarist with chops that call to mind the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, and vocals that can be compared to Vaughn’s brother Jimmie.
Porchlight features 15 tracks, none more than soul stirring than “Why Does It Rain?” As Sharpville wails to God, “down on my knees,” you can feel the blues powering through a soul of a 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 track 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, allowing for an even greater appreciation of the talent of both guitarists