|Northern New Jersey music man Trevor B. Power lives his life by the simple axiom laid down by the immortal Luther Allison “Lose the Ego, Play the Music, Love the People.” The guitarist, singer songwriter and radio personality leads his own classic line up of two guitars, bass and drums simply known as the Trevor B. Power Band. Fellow Jersey boys – Billy Gensch on guitars, Mark Enright on bass and drummer Tom DiCianni – join Power to deliver straight ahead blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll with honesty and grit.
The group’s debut album, “Everyday Angel,” was recorded at Sonic Boom Studios with Anthony Krizan (Spin Doctors, Lenny Kravitz, Noel Redding,) co-producing alongside Power for nine of the ten tracks. They are joined by some very special guests, including Bob Lanza, Nick Conti and the legendary Bobby Whitlock. The ten original tracks reflect Power’s lust for life and a love of playing music that began when he received his first Hohner acoustic guitar on his 15th birthday.
The thundering road song ‘Jack’ kicks off the set with an infectious “This train keeps a rolling down the track” chorus, and Power hammering out jagged riff and howling vocals drawing instant comparisons to Keith Richards. The slinky Chicago shuffle ‘You Ain’t Acting Right’ follows with Power delivering a salacious rebuke to his wayward lady, and Lanza sitting in for a deep blues solo. John Ginty throws down some fine honky tonk piano and Conti adds yakety sax on the jaunty old-time rock ‘n’ roller ‘Future Plans,’ before Power testifies on the moaning slow blues ‘Saddest Thing,’ begging forgiveness with bended knee.
DiCianni rolls out a lively Bo Diddly beat for the prophetic rambler ‘Storm Brewin’,’ with Power strumming on a big guitar and offering encouragement in the face of troubling times. Lanza returns on the grungy blues ‘Baby I’m Through With You.’ Album producer Krizan helped the band orchestrate the expansive track ‘I Wrote It Down,’ by creating the chain-gang rhythm section and then adding his own sizzling slide guitar to the tale of pain and misery. Power digs deep into the tradition of the great American rock anthem on the rousing ‘Murder In The First Degree,’ and the gospel infused ‘Lord Have Mercy,’ each built on big guitar solos, thundering drums and flowing choruses, with his gravely howl leading each with a fire and bravado akin to Neil Diamond singing a Rolling Stones’ song.
Bobby Whitlock and his wife CoCo Carmel who inspired Power to play and write more of his own music were much involved with the dedicated title track ‘Everyday Angel,’ which closes the album. Power sings directly to his own daughter, detailing their relationship and his dedication to parenting. Whitlock not only added sublime slide guitar passages to the song, but he also played drums and keys on the track, while Carmel slipped in subtle saxophone colors and backing vocals on the production. The heartfelt ballad bolsters the notion that nearly anyone can be a father, but it takes a good man to be a dad.
“Everyday Angel” fulfils the dreams of over 25 years of hard work and determination for Trevor B. Power as an artist and band leader, and so begins the next chapter for the dedicated music man.
Rick J Bowen
Music was part of everyday life for guitarist and singer songwriter Trevor B. Power. As the youngest of six in a bustling New Jersey household “blues, classical, Flamenco, jazz, opera, pop, swing, and even rock ‘n’ roll all spun on my parent’s turntable.” Trevor’s love of playing music began when he received his first Hohner acoustic guitar on his 15th birthday. Starting out with popular rock tunes of the 60’s & 70’s, he taught himself songs by ear and would entertain at parties with friends. Trevor spent the next 25 years in New Hampshire, Arizona, New York, and New Jersey playing solo acoustic at bars and coffee houses.
It wasn’t until Trevor met and befriended Bobby Whitlock of “Derek and the Dominos” and his wife CoCo Carmel that he was truly inspired to play and write more of his own music. At this time, he also became a DJ at northwest New Jersey’s station 91.9FM (WNTI), which opened his eyes to the volumes of great recorded music, mostly the blues. Trevor schooled himself on the music business from local bands to national acts as he was spinning their music on air, hosting live performances in the studio, and interviewing the musicians. “You got to get out there and play,” Power says. “There is a lot of great talent and one needs to be on top of one’s game.” Trevor continues to host a radio show on WNTI with a focus on promoting local and national artists.
Motivation drove Trevor to practice, practice, practice, and before long, he was booking gigs with a full band including the WNTI Band, which played several times at Kennedy Event’s WNTISTAGE, and Trevor B. Power & The Treblemakers. Both bands were blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll influenced. Trevor was also fortunate to share the stage with recording artists such as Trudy Lynn, Bob Lanza, Steve Krase, Johnny Charles, Dave Fields and others.