Meant To Be
4 out of 5 stars
Tijerina, fronted by Todd Tijerina, is a power trio that originally hails from Chicago and presently resides in Albuquerque, N. Mex.
Reminiscent of an almost-Robert Cray vocal vibe and writing style, blended with a slight Stevie Ray guitar motif, Tijerina continues the long tradition that is the blues.
The latest release, Meant to Be, has all the frills of a solid blues record. While the vocals aren’t as gritty and soulful as, say, a Howlin’ Wolf or a Muddy Waters, and the production is a little too clean or maybe just not as raw as I prefer when it comes to blues records, they get their message across. — Chibo Acevedo