Gary Hall ‘Warm Valve Glow’ - Northern Son

Another veteran of there UK roots scene who goes back to his days fronting the Stormkeepers, A band whose first release was in 1989. These days he goes under his own name but one player from that time, Mark Wilkinson, still plays with Hall. It was recorded, as was his last album Winning Ways On Losing Streaks, in his own Voodoo Rooms studio. It captures his root orientated sound that incorporates his blend of widescreen roots rock, soul and blues influences with an added touch of celtic mist. Eleven self-written songs that reflect on life with a something of an renewed spirit which, in The Road To God Knows Where, finds him wondering where his life will take him but doing so with the thought that he can ”… still drink from that well that once ran dry”. 

That well seems to be refreshed and he is comfortable delivering these songs with a set of musicians who get the feel right and righteous. He ask for some salvation in Sweet Jesus and writes about his father with some gentle reflection for My Fathers Eyes. Throughout the album Hall’s voice delivers the songs with the conviction of a man who is making music for himself (and his fans). His motivation is to produce music that has meaning for him. This is outside of consideration of trying to fit any particular marketplace. It gives an artist the opportunity to explore music for it’s own sake. In truth Gary Hall is an artist who has  always followed this path but when you start out you are often filled with the hope of reaching a more mainstream audience. 

Those who have listened to his music over the years will not be disappointed with this set of new songs that have grit and the buzz of an vintage valve amp that has an analog warmth and a lasting glow. Gary Hall still keeps the storm in his soul and his vision focused.