Doug Henthorn: Three
(Independent / 6 May 2022)
A veteran of the American rock and blues scene, Doug Henthorn comes out of the pandemic with a strong new release.
Henthorn has a depth of talent that mines multiple modes from the classic rock/blues idiom. Set Em Up, Throw Em Back, Knock Em Down, despite the pugilistic title, is a slow, contemplative groove. His vocals have just the right raspy sense of world weariness to convey the mood.
He covers The Cars classic Drive in a slow and sexy groove that emphasizes melody, adding an irresistible rhythm to the mix. He also does a muscular cover of The Eagles' Wasted Time, and a slide guitar version of The Beatles' Across The Universe.
Fate of None showcases the strength of his vocals, with both power and melodic flexibility in an anthemic song anchored by both guitar and keys.
Songs like Forewarned and Failing, and So Long, Goodbye fall squarely into bluesy rock territory, while Counting Down Every Minute falls into a country-rock mode, and he does rock straight up in Devil's Coming Home.
Prior to his solo career, Doug formed the Healing Sixes, releasing three records with producer Kevin Shirley, Jason Bonham on drums, and featuring guitarist Joe Bonamassa. He's also performed and recorded with the likes of John Hiatt and Beth Hart.