Of all the musicians on this disc, Dave Sadler is the only one I've yet to have the pleasure of previously listening to and working with. Having now done that I can truly say "Welcome to my blues world, Dave". "Fourth Street Ruckus" could have easily been called Fourth Street Melee, Fourth Street Free For All or Fourth Street Donnybrook. Basically, they all mean that all hell is breaking loose and that's exactly what's going on musically on this five minute instrumental. Leading the way with relentless guitar playing, Dave Sadler and the band are kickin' ass.
-Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro, Blues Editor at Mary4Music.com
Rootstime Review (Belgium) -June 21, 2008:
(click here for version in Dutch)
'Fade To Blue' holds many trump cards. With a broad range of bluesrock, jazzy ballads, reggae and funk, this album sought blues inspiration from many places. Arkansas/Mississippi, Louisiana/Texas and Chicago-influences merge into a homogeneous whole, in which Dave Sadler, guitar man from Arkansas, feels at home like a fish in the water. Four instrumental numbers between a dozen songs, all at the hand of Sadler, guarantee a full hour of blues variety. Sadler not being bound by borders is also reflected in his lyrics in 'Shackles and Chains', a protest against everything that man fetters. 'Killing Game' is an indictment against the violence in Baghdad that separates families and children from a peaceful life. His powerful lyrics have been thought through, and are sung with a misleadingly serene voice. He accompanies himself with various guitars, bass, and from time to time with Honner bluesharp. A father of four children, he shows in his lyrics his concern for orphaned children and the dangers that threaten them.
Another high point is the presence of saxophonist, Dan Cipriano, who joins in four numbers with trombone, trumpet and sax. In 'Cold, Blowin' Wind his saxophone cries as a warning against the world of drug dealers. This renowned horn master has played with Wilson Pickett, Southside Johnny, Gary U. S. Bonds and Bruce Springsteen and enriches Dave's album. In addition, five other capable studio musicians contribute on the CD.
Dave's wife, Elizabeth, produced the project which was recorded at BluezArt Studio located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In addition to his occupation as an architect, he finds time to make music with a local group of musicians for benevolent concerts and other events. Coming from a musical family that included a piano teacher (his mother), he grew up listening to various forms of blues music on the radio. Instead of the practicing the latest rock hits, he chose Elmore James, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy as his imaginary teachers. In 'Rise Above', you hear an Eric Clapton influence. On 'Blues Night Special' he calls out the names of Big Bill Broonzy, Junior Walker, Howlin' Wolf, Luther Allison and Freddie King, all bluesmen for whom he bears a warm heart. Dave Sadler designed this album with solid and really versatile musical building stones that leave a colorful impression from 'Fade To Blue' till 'Blue Reggae'.
–Marcie Rootstime (Belgium) 6.21.08
Indie-Music.com Magazine Review- April 5, 2008:
"On Fade to Blue, Arkansas blues singer Dave Sadler offers up an eclectic mix of 16 guitar driven songs based in the blues/rock tradition of the Midwest. He’s an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and clearly knows what he’s doing on the guitar. Interestingly though, his voice reminded me of Morrissey right off the bat, an eccentric match to find on a blues album.
On “Shackles and Chains," Sadler wails out on the electric guitar while on the softer bluesy “Killing Game,” he provides a social commentary on poverty and war....
Sadler also includes a slew of instrumental numbers on the album which showcase his mastery of the guitar. As well, he gets by with a little help from his friends such as prominent saxophonist, Dan Cipriano, whose playful exchanges on “Can’t Take It With You” is an instant listener’s delight....
...Sadler definitely has the voice and musicianship to stand apart from the crowd...."
-Skott Freedman –Indie-Music.com Magazine
"All I can say is "OH WOW!!! Last night at the prison was a really spectactular event, and I just wish it could have been recorded live on video. The women had been on lockdown and without priviledges for some time, so it was even more special for them.
Thank you is not really adequate for all your work, Dave, plus hauling the equipment, and Elizabeth's backup support and shuttling the car.... But it WAS a special moment, wasn't it? And you were great...so thanks to you both, and please know how much you are appreciated."
Reviews of "Every Child"
"Lead Guitar: Some tasty tone control, nice light and shade and contrasting dynamics here on the extended intro. Reminded me of solo sections from 'Still in love with You' by Thin Lizzy, no bad comparison at all! Lovely soaring lines and crying bent notes. The song is a showcase for a virtuostic performance.
Yes...straight groove...minor blues for solo guitar......and what a lead guitar in here...amazing...great blues feeling... starts to fly away......really "mothers finest" with blues strings! The male vocals are nice too... are believable and have blues mood...nice words by the way...but the "champion" in here is this magnifique lead guitar- fantastic!!!
More Comments from Around the Music World:
"Coolness goes beyond words to experience"
-Carmen Allgood host of The Colorado Wave
"Sounds great, well done!!!......"
"You've got some really great tunes...Very smooth."
"Nice material, tasteful playing, reminds me of my friend Dave Specter's style."
"I love your sound......"
"Thanks for coming on Bluzzradio...great tracks on your MySpace site!"
-Alain Bouet- Bluzzradio
-Smiling Jack Smith
“Man I like the sound. You have the Clapton "feel" down on “Fade To Blue”…Pack an ax and come on over and play at the KY Blues Festival. We'd love to have ya!”
Bowling Green, KY
“Loved "Fade To Blue", very smooth. I can't wait to hear the other tracks here….”
Cedar Crest Studio
"...The music's as great as usual and being played on 'Helsinki's Blues Cafe' "
- Geoff Barton
Helsinki Blues Cafe Radio
"Great songs Dave!"
- Roxy Perry
"....love your music taste!"
“Your tracks are awesome, I got a lot of great feedback on them….keep rockin the planet my friend....”
Tornado Valley Radio Online
“Superb blues guitar and songs, really like "Fade to Blue"…very Robert Cray…”
"Some very nice guitar playing here!"
"Very nice tunes...very nice"
-Twin Cities Radio
“You didn't take 2 many 'Wrong Turns'…excellent music…best wishes from all your friends in Ireland.”
-Monaghan Blues Jam
Mc Kennas Bar, Dublin Street, Monaghan, Ireland
"LOVE the sound you get with that T5 . . . awesome music . . . keep it up!"
-Sweet Willie Milton
“Thank you so much, great tone, great playing..”
“I enjoyed listening to your songs ...
tasty and passionate playing !!!”
Barry Richmond Band
“Love the soulful touch you have.”
“There is some great music here! I really like your style of playing…Highest Regards”
“Really enjoy your soulful guitar playing”
-Blues on Tap
"You play a mean tune mate…."
-Midnight Blue Lounge