Reviews


Shake-Down by Chad Strentz - album pick of the month!
— The BluesNews magazine, Germany
This wonderful recording is up there with the very best blues albums made in Britain. A vocal tour de force from a man whose time has finally come.
— Stephen Foster, BBC Radio Suffolk
A dynamic and exuberant band made up from some of Europe’s most experienced and acclaimed blues and rock and roll musicians.
— The Hideaway, London, UK
Seit 35 Jahren steht Chad Strentz auf der Bühne, der lange Schlacks mit Glatze ist Bluesfans vor allem als (Rhythmus-)Gitarrist und Sänger in Reihen von Paul Lamb & The King Snakes ein Begriff. Unabhängig von Hauptjob und stilistischer Ausrichtung der Königsschlangen hat er sein erstes Album unter eigenem Namen veröffentlicht – und einen grandiosen Volltreffer gelandet! Mit acht Eigenkompositionen und sieben Coversongs präsentiert der Brite seine musikalischen Vorlieben, die von Blues über Rock’n’Roll, Rockabilly und Soul bis hin zu Country reichen. Meist geht es flott zur Sache und die Frage nach den Highlights lässt sich kaum beantworten, zumal Chad bekanntlich ein klasse Gitarrist und hervorragender Sänger ist. Doch damit nicht genug, die Aufnahmen entstanden in den mit reichlich analogem Equipment ausgestatteten britischen Rimshot Studios und klingen wie aus einem Guss. Neben der aus Mike J Thorne (Drums) und größtenteils Jim Leverton (Bass) bestehenden Rhythmusgruppe hat sich Strentz gleich drei deutsche und einen österreichischen Musiker mit ausgeprägtem Vintage-Faible ins Studio geholt: Chris Rannenberg (Piano), Raphael Wressnig (Hammond), Kai Strauss und Jimmy Reiter (beide Gitarre). Die zaubern mit dem Protagonisten viele mitreißende Nummern wie zum Beispiel „She Said Go“ aufs Parkett, dazu gibt es vier Balladen, von denen das akustische „So Much Time“ durch den Text und Chads Johnny-Cash-mäßigen Gesang gleich doppelt und ganz tief unter die Haut geht.
— Dirk Föhrs, Bluesnews, Germany
 
Chad Strentz, “Shake-Down” voted Album of the Month!
— Independent Association of Blues Broadcasters
With ‘Shakedown’, his debut solo album, Chad Strentz takes us on a joyful journey through many genres giving us a true insight into his techni-coloured musical world, parts of which may come as a surprise, but a very pleasant one! One of the most enjoyable CDs of my musical year so far!
— Ashwyn Smyth, Digital Blues Radio
Chad Strentz has always been a very great voice of British rhythm and
blues, this debut solo project is a killer album. Do not miss him live
— Mike Hellier, MovinMusic (Mud Morganfield, Heritage Blues Orchestra)
... aided and abetted by Chad Strentz’s soulful vocal, which shines on the likes of the traditional “Careless Love”, and the Solomon Burke tune “Don’t You Feel Like Cryin’”.
— Grahame Rhodes, Blues In The Northwest
Once again we discovered last night that musicians in the blues world are also lovely people. Chad Strentz & The Chad-illacs had the whole of The Tuesday Night Music Club in the palm of their hands by the end of the night and spontaneous dancing broke out too! What a party it was and certainly a night we’ll all remember for a long time to come. Our thanks to Chad Strentz, Pete Farrugia, Orlando Shearer and Mike Thorne - four true gents who also happen to be superb musicians and really know how to put on a show.
— Richard Dunning, The Tuesday Night Music Club
 
... the solo debut from the excellent singer and guitarist and long-time member of Paul Lamb & The King Snakes, is pretty exceptional!

When you see a cast-list like this, you know the music is going to be top-notch: Jim Leverton (bass), Jimmy Reiter and Kai Strauss (electric guitars), Christian Rannenberg (piano), Raphael Wressnig (Hammond C-3), Pete Pritchard (double bass), and Mike Thorne (drums), with a guest appearance from Danny Kyle on guitar – a super British and European band for sure!

To sum up, one of the best things I’ve heard this year and well worth the wait . . . well done Chad!
— Grahame Rhodes, Blues In The Northwest
Shake-Down from Chad Strentz is a winner, with 15 solid tracks that are an enjoyable mixtures of blues, soul, and the foundations of rock and roll. His decades of performing and recording have taught him how to do things right in the studio, and it is apparent in this release. Check out a copy for yourself, and see if you agree!
— Blues Blast Magazine (USA)