Tony Fazio has extensive experience in performing and teaching. His dad got him interested in playing guitar since he was 7 years old. Tony is a Berklee College of Music Graduate and professional touring and recording musician with multiple songs and albums on current blues radio. He has toured all over the world and has also played American blues guitar at many of the major blues festivals from the United States to Europe.
Now Tony Fazio presents his first solo Blues album, entitled “Another Way”, featuring legendary Blues vocalist and harp player Charlie Sayles among others. “Another Way” reflects the full spectrum of the blues genre and is rooted firmly in blues, gospel, R&B and rock. If you’re an electric blues fanatic and spend half your free time looking for cooking electric blues performed and created by a living performer, not named Buddy Guy then Tony Fazio is your man.
Tony “The Legend” Fazio emanates good old fashioned pulse pounding electric blues and you can absolutely feel and absorb his visceral love of the art. At times Tony bends the strings in homage to the greats, at others he teases the strings, all the time treating the guitar so delicately, it almost sounds like a symphonic orchestra. He deserves even more credit than he gets should be leading a Blues revolution.
There are 7 songs on “Another Way” and the feeling put into each performance here seems to dig deeper into the overall belief and feeling between the performer and the listener. Some songs are such great authentic roadhouse blues, that you’ll think you have gone back over 40-50 years in time…only with a much better audio system!
From the first track, “So What,” Tony Fazio just tears down the house with his guitar work, while the band works all the corners, not leaving a bad note on the album. And together with Charlie Sayles, Tony shows us what authentic blues sounds like in the 21st Century. Practically the only track on here that I am not totally thrilled about is “Home”, apart from the guitar solo that is. While the best tracks are easy to pick out as they all run back-to-back – “Liar”, “Early Moring Blues”, “Something” and “Watch Out”. On “Something,” Tony and crew illustrate that the slow blues can be exciting full of energy, inventiveness and total fire.
In my opinion, “Another Way” is lovingly conceived, played and recorded; a musical gift which comes at the just right time, when we are surrounded by so much cynicism and selfishness. Tony Fazio plays clean, raw and strong without ever showboating. The excellence of his playing is evident throughout this album, while Charlie Sayles adds all of his legendary authenticity that blues lovers have come to appreciate through the years.