BILLY EBELING - REVIEW
Review: Billy Ebeling and the Late For Dinner Band, "A Thing for You"
This local blues, folk and zydeco troubadour spends much of his time playing seemingly every back-alley joint from Gladstone, Mo. to Tonganoxie, Kan. -- if it's got "BBQ" or "kitchen" in the title, Billy Ebeling's probably been there. With 15-plus gigs a month, it's a mystery where entertainer-for-hire Ebeling finds the time to record two albums a year.
With so much emphasis on being a live entertainer, Ebeling's recordings (of which there are nearly a dozen) strive to recreate that experience. Traditional bar-band instrumentation -- bluesy electric guitar, harmonica, electric bass and drums -- complements Ebeling's gentle voice, and a cast of local musicians put in guest spots on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, Hammond organ, harmonica and horns.
Ebeling's strength is his relaxed delivery and its interaction with his bluesy slide guitar stylings. His original songs sound instantly familiar, utilizing age-old blues and zydeco progressions.
For fans of Ebeling's live shows, "A Thing for You" is probably just what they'd want to take home with them. If you're looking to check Ebeling out for the first time, save your money for his next show -- heck, it's tomorrow night!