Eric Sardinas does not sing like or have a guitar playing style similar to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, but he is a blues-rocking dynamo who, like Vaughan with his Double Trouble rhythm section, sounds great working in the trio format – in this case bassist Levell Price and drummer Chris Frazier, aka Big Motor. To pull that off you have to have some chops, and Sardinas does; his custom-made-for-the-blues voice is a smoky mash-up of the pipes of George Thorogood and Glenn Danzig while his slide playing on electrified resonator guitars conjures a sound that could’ve given Muddy Waters and Lightnin’ Hopkins big old grins of delight.

Songs like “Road to Ruin” and “Cherry Wine” are joyous blues rockers that fans of classic rock act Humble Pie will find familiar, while “Full Tilt Mama” skips ahead a couple of decades to tap into the party tune vibe that Thorogood is so good at. A good portion of “County Line” lets Big Motor rest and the stripped-down portion of the song allows for a guitar showcase where Sardinas does some exquisite chicken-pickin’ and slide work, a feat he repeats with full instrumentation and a bit more mania on the Vaughn-like “Through the Thorns.”

Sardinas is bubbling just under the big time even though he’s already a critically acclaimed player but throwing Sticks & Stones at the general public may just remedy that.

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