One of the things that I love about seeing a performance at Holly Street Bar & Grill is the fact that the combination music/dining room is small, letting you get up close and almost personal with the act on the tiny stage. One of the other things that I love about it is that the act onstage could very well be a star whose face you may not recognize, but whose music you’ve heard on the radio or TV or in a movie soundtrack. Such a show awaits Saturday night with the appearance of guitar-slinging blues rocker Brad Wilson.
Wilson comes with a discography as long as your arm. Besides his own work, his playing has been featured on John Carpenter’s flicks, “Vampires” and “Ghosts of Mars.” His song “Teaser,” from “Vampires,” won a Saturn Award. His music has been featured on the TV soap, “Passions,” and he’s opened for the likes of Cheap Trick, Paula Cole, .38 Special and countless others. Wilson has captured numerous industry awards and has also fronted the blues-rock band Stone.
Versatility combines with virtuosity in Wilson’s music. “Black Coffee at Sunrise,” from his self-titled disc, has a jumping, retro-rock feel, and his vocals have an Elvis-like quality, while “Don’t Walk Away,” from “Somewhere In L.A.,” gets more into the mode of smooth pop-rock, with just the slightest hint of country pop in the vocal. On the other hand, “Here Before” is an energetic, upbeat blues rocker, reminiscent of the Allman Brothers’ “Ramblin’ Man.”
I think it’s safe to say that this gig will hit you like an upper that won’t get you busted.