When an announcer introduces an artist by saying, “from the home of the blues, Chicago, Illinois”, you’re anticipating some really great blues. If the announcer said, “from the home of the blues, Omaha, Nebraska”, you might be a little skeptical. However, don’t let that stop you from giving the Hector Anchondo Band a listen. Hector started the band “Anchondo” back in the early 2000’s, which composed and played alt-rock style music with occasional use of Latin flair. When things got tough during the Great Recession, Hector reinvented himself and came out with the “Hector Anchondo Band”, playing the blues.
“Roll the Dice” is the band’s second full length CD, released in 2017 on the band’s own label. The ten cuts are all originals, except for one cover, Peter Green’s “Black Magic Woman”. Many rock critics have dissed Carlos Santana’s version of the song for having pretty much lifted Peter’s guitar licks note for note. That is certainly not the case hear. Hector takes Fleetwood Mac’s original release from a 3 minute song to a 7 minute opus by adding some very tasty original licks to fill it out.
The first cut on the CD, “Dig You Baby”, is a nice rockin’ shuffle with Hector duetting with Kansas City’s own Amanda Fish. That song sets the tone for most of the album, with notable exceptions being two really nice slow blues tunes, “Sometimes Being Alone Feels Right”, and “Here’s to Me Giving Up”, which feature sensitive singing and some really crisp and sweet single note picking. All in all, I am now a fan. There was only one cut on the disc that I would have left on the cutting room floor (and I let you try to pick that one out yourself), but hey, not bad for a band from the home of the blues, Omaha, Nebraska!
Submitted by Lincoln Dreher