Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis has performed with a cross-section of the greatest musicians of the modern era, literally too many to list in a short write-up. While Lewis has made his mark as a collaborator and more recently as a member of the Hall and Oates touring band and as part of Hall’s “Live from Daryl’s House” band, Lewis is also an accomplished solo artist.

     Recently Lewis released “Adventure,” an 11 song disc filled with more hooks than your grandfather’s fishing tackle box. Combine that with a solid vocal performance and you have what may be the best album you share with your friends this year.

     Eliot Lewis is usually found parked behind the keyboards when he is playing with Hall, which may make fans expecting  a keyboard heavy album pleasantly surprised at how well Lewis plays guitar.

     Thematically the songs are a celebration of life and music with a peppering of boy meets girl songs. A glance at the titles and they seem to capture the tenacity with which Lewis has pursued his solo career, “We’re In it Together”, “Adventure” and “Crusade” and “Evolution” are some of the titles that fall in that category.

     While one might expect “Adventure” to rely heavily on the soulful sounds of Hall and Oates, it is a rock album at it’s heart with the feel and sensibility of a great pop album seasoned with boogie blues and funk.

     Of the ten originals, there is no filler, which is a rarity these days. It’s tough to pinpoint the standout tracks, but “Soundtrack” is a personal favorite because the rhythm reminds me of classic AC/DC and the lyrics speak to everyone that has grown up listening to and loving music.

     “Tattoo” is simply fun, it’s a toe-tapper that must be great to hear live. “Crusade” has been on a previous release, and it seems at home on this full length album.

    Fans of what is now dubbed “classic rock” will undoubtedly love this album, as will fans of great music performed on real instruments.

About The Author Thom Jennings

p> Born and raised in Rochester, NY and currently residing in Albion NY, Thom spent seventeen years as a mobile disc jockey, playing classic rock at local bars and also performing at weddings. Thom's first concert was Styx in 1979, and shortly afterward he landed a volunteer position taking surveys at all the local rock concerts from 1981-1983, during which he saw almost every major arena rock concert. Thom is an avid Todd Rundgren fan, and has traveled all over the east coast to see Todd. Since 1983 he has only missed one of Todd's east coast tours. His collection of Rundgren memorabilia includes two signed miniature replicas of and a signed ukulele. Currently, Thom's full time job is as a social studies teacher, he graduated from college in his late thirties and began a part-time career as an op-ed columnist which later led to his current position as music writer for The Lockport Union Sun and Journal and The Niagara Gazette. Thom has also had music related columns published in Buffalo Insider Magazine, The Medina Journal-Register, The North Tonawanda Times and is a frequent contributor to Backstage Axxess. Top Five Concerts: 1. Van Halen, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Kim Mitchell Rochester, NY September 1, 1986 2. The Who and The Clash Buffalo, NY September 26, 1982 3. Ringo's All Starr Band Canandaigua, NY August 25, 1992 4. Paul McCartney Toronto, ON August 8, 2010 5. SARS Benefit Concert Toronto, ON July 30, 2003 Multiple Shows (ten or more): Todd Rundgren /Utopia -109 Rik Emmett/Triumph- 27 Cheap Trick -18 Styx /Styx related bands- 15 Flogging Molly- 10 First concert: Styx, Rochester, NY November 8, 1979