|The pure simplicity of hearing a world-class artist alone in a room with their instrument is a rare event not often witnessed by many, let alone caught on tape and recorded for posterity. Armed with only his acoustic guitar, a list of favorite songs and his wits, 2013 International Blues Challenge champion, Little G Weevil, sat alone in the vaunted “Stone Room” at Super Size Recording earlier this year in Hungary for a spontaneous recording, simply titled Live Acoustic Session.
Weevil described the day; “my latest and most spontaneous work to date. I walked into a studio, had three beers, and played sixteen tunes. It came out mighty bluesy, 100% live, no editing.” Obviously inspired by the sound of the room with its handcrafted field stone walls ,high ceiling and wood floors, Weevil delivered a performance of blues, roots and rambles with fire and zeal, as if he were playing on a stage in a grand auditorium.
His opening salvo, “Keep Going (4.49),” lures us in with its hypnotic pulse and Delta Blues chant, as we hear his stomping foot echoing off the walls. The Hill Country Blues “Real Men Don’t Dance (3.30),” follows with back-porch authenticity. Weevil then raises the tempo for the enigmatic Dylan-styled romp “When The King Was Told (4.22),” before the traditional twelve bar “Early In The Morning (4.24),” shows off his deep skills as a blues champion. He reels off the blues of desperation “Place A Dollar in My Hand, (6.39)” from his 2016 album Three Chords Too Many, like an old friend, before recanting the sordid tale of dealing with a wild woman “Sasha Said (4.16).”
The loving tribute, “Dad’s Story (7.06),” is set to a jaunty Piedmont Blues pattern making effective use of Weevil’s fingerpicking and lyrical skills. The bump and grind blues “Apple Picker (5.38),” is a bawdy number full of flashy licks. He doesn’t miss a beat sliding into the reading of the old folk tale “Casey Jones (3.39),” and gives the R.L. Burnside classic “Poor Black Mattie (5.23),” a Jimi Hendrix Machine Gun redux. The thought-provoking “Fastest Man (4.07),” challenges our moral compass. He shares two songs from the years he spent in America, the rolling blues “Going Back South (4.32)” and the driving “On My Way To Memphis (6.36).” The colorful rag, “Back Porch (5.25),” may or may not be a true story with a hilarious intro, while the emotive “She Used To Call Me Sugar (5.05),” is an example of lowdown blues heartbreak that must be lived to be believed. He attacks the John Lee Hooker “Roll And Boogie (6.18),” a tune he recorded with The Cazanovas in 2015, like a runaway train ending the set with fury and bravado.
Little G Weevil is an artist, who refuses to be pigeonholed, with a career full of varied material and colorful, unique cross-genre collaborations. This strong release demonstrates he is not afraid to go back to basics and revel in his roots.
Rick J Bowen
Little G Weevil is a highly esteemed member of the worldwide blues community. He is the solo winner of the Blues Foundation’s 2013 International Blues Challenge, and a Blues Music Award, Blues Blast Music Award, and Independent Blues Award nominee. He has released eight internationally acclaimed albums and toured across the globe. During his travels he has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, the Neville Brothers, Terry Evans, John Popper, Lee Oskar, Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets with Sam Myers, Denise LaSalle, Billy Gibson, Otis Taylor, Big Jack Johnson, Lonnie Shields, Lurrie Bell, Willie King, Ian Siegal, Matt Schofield, to name just a few.
Gee grew up in Budapest, Hungary, where he formed his first band in 1996 and toured Europe before moving to the U.S. in 2004. He spent time in Birmingham, AL and Memphis, TN and secured a steady gig on Beale Street in Memphis. In 2005, he made his first solo recordings at Charlie Wood’s studio in Memphis, but three out of the four tracks were lost. The one remaining track “Hey Jody” was missing the bass line, which was later added by Csaba Pengo. “Hey Jody” was eventually released as the intro to Gee’s debut solo album Southern Experience in 2008.
In 2009, Gee relocated to Atlanta, GA, where he teamed up with legendary local musicians for his second album, The Teaser. The backing crew of long-time heavy hitters (John McKnight, Bill Burke, Bob Page, and Maurice Nazzaro) toured with icons such as John Lee Hooker and Chuck Berry. The record was released in December 2011 to critical acclaim; ranked one of the best blues albums of the year by Mojo and topped the French blues chart.
In 2013, Little G took first place in the solo/duo category in the International Blues Challenge (Memphis, TN), at which he was also awarded “Best Guitarist” in his category. The same year he released his first full-length acoustic album, Moving (VizzTone Label Group). Mojo magazine ranked it #3 “Best Blues Album of the Year” and it was nominated for a Blues Blast Music Award “Acoustic Album of the Year.” In 2014, Gee was nominated for a Blues Music Award “Acoustic Artist of the Year.” In the same year he was invited to join the judging panel in the 5th series of X-Factor (Hungary) the popular television music talent show franchise. In 2016 his fourth album, Three Chords Too Many, received an Independent Blues Music Award nomination as “Best Acoustic Blues Album of Year.”
With a collaboration between VizzTone Label Group and the Hungarian XLNT Records, he released his third electric band work in 2017, Something Poppin’. This was Gee’s first effort to venture away from traditional blues into a more contemporary sound. “Weevil mixes blues with hip hop and rap and the result is fantastic!” said American Blues Scene. The album was nominated by the Independent Blues Award as “Best Modern Roots CD of the Year” and by the Hungarian Music Awards (Hungary’s equivalent of the Grammy’s). The album, Back In Alabama, was released in 2018. However, due to family reasons Little G Weevil returned to Budapest in December 2018. He spent most of 2019 on the road touring his home country Hungary as well as Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
During the first year of the covid pandemic Gee authored a novel based on his life, Játssz Tovább (meaning Play On), the adventures of a Hungarian bluesman around the world, which is now distributed nationwide in Hungary. There are plans to translate the book into English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. With his 2020 electric-band album, Play On, Little G Weevil continued his idea of blending genres, as he did in Something Poppin’. However, this time he focused on his songwriting skills featuring vocalists from the UK and Hungary: Dionne Bennett, Ian Siegal, Fatima Mohamed, CéAnne, Vera Jonas, Sena Dagadu, Rita Foris, Jonathan Andelic, and Mo’ Gigs frontman Csaba Gál “Boogie.” Gee’s 2021 Live Acoustic Session was nominated for Blues Blast Music Award in the “Live Blues Recording” category.