Since the first time I listened to “Right Outta Wrong” by Roger Cole & Paul Barrere it has been in heavy rotation. The guitar work is consistently impressive throughout and is understated in that it is more about flawless execution, inflection and tone than it is about blistering and technically challenging solos. Roger and Paul were in the groove and their interplay yielded a classic sounding blues track here.
This song isn’t just about guitar playing and it’s not just about the blues. It’s about a love for the music and a love for each other. These attitudes ooze forth from the music like syrup onto pancakes on a cold December morning. These guys are brothers where it matters, in heart and soul and in the time of playing together.
There are musicians that have nothing left to prove except the fact that they can still make great music. Paul Barrere is clearly one of these. His legacy goes all the way back to the heyday of Little Feat, where he played guitar and slide guitar, sang lead and handled backing vocals.
A mature and consummate musician today, Paul enjoys a working partnership with Roger Cole that functions just about perfectly. The two have their own record label in BetterDaze Music, as well as an artistic collaboration that has spawned a long series of excellent music releases – both singles and albums. The duo also liberate their creative spirits by producing video clips to match their music.
Roger Cole & Paul Barrere explore the many facets of rock and blues based music, throwing in roots or progressive elements when needed. On “Right Outta Wrong” it’s back to bluesy basics, with Roger handling the lead guitar bits and Paul taking over the lead vocals. It’s a formula that works well for the two, as they create musical magic.
Both are in terrific form with voice and spirited guitar interplay the order of the day. Not only does this track showcase the Roger’s guitar skill and Paul’s vocal talents, its warmth leads you to understand that these two men are really just a couple of friends who would be strumming and plucking together even if the recorders weren’t rolling.
I’ve always loved the works of these two phenomenal artists, and I’ve always leaped at the chance to hear any of their new releases thrown my way. Listening to “Right Outta Wrong” brings back a lot of fond memories while making new ones. There is no way one can listen to the blues and not tap your feet while reminiscing of times gone by.
Roger Cole’s guitar is as emotional as good blues harmonica, while Paul Barrere’s voice is as muscular and deep as it needs to go. Together Roger Cole & Paul Barrere’s sound and style on “Right Outta Wrong” proves that you don’t have to have slept in boxcars or picked cotton in order to be a great blues musician; you just have to be human.