(Jib Machine Records)
Being a fan of Mike Onesko's work in Guitar Army and work with the Blindside Blues Band, I was excited to hear what he would bring to the table with his latest solo endeavor, 'Re-Covered', a 10 track reinterpretation of classic rock songs given that Onesko touch. Once I hit play, I was immediately reminded why I was so impressed by his guitar playing. Powerful guitar work that is an inspiring tribute to the masters like Robin Trower, Jimi Hendrix, and Jimmy Page. Onesko's playing just hits you right in the face and soars through your ear drums in a way only a seasoned guitarist deliver. 'Re-Covered' is a testament of his prowess serving up his vision on classic rock staples. The album opens with two fiery takes of the Robin Trower classics, "Day Of The Eagle" and "Bridge Of Sigh", followed up by a steaming take on the Steppenwolf's "Sookie Sookie" and from there its Mike Onesko putting on a guitar clinic on classics like, "Fire" (Arthur Brown)), "Eleanor Rigby" (Beatles), "Hey Joe" (Hendrix) and "Wishing Well"(Free). Any blues or rock n' roll fan who hasn't heard of this amazing guitarist is missing out on some hot music and even hotter guitar playing. If you like the electric blues and the vintage sound from the past you should give this album a listen. While 'Re-Discovered' is a covers album it a great way to, if you haven't yet, "Discover", Mike Onesko. His guitar playing is superb and he really puts feeling into the guitar. The ability to mix various influences into his style of blues and his talent on guitar is "Aces" in my book.
- Tony @ The Dedicated Rocker Society