Personnel: Kirk Fletcher (guitar); Roosevelt Caldwell, Jackie Payne, John Marx (vocals); Alex Schultz (guitar); Rick Reed (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, acoustic bass, electric bass); Jonny Viau (tenor saxophone); Troy Jennings (baritone saxophone); Tom Mahon, Fred Kaplan (piano); Paul Fasulo (drums, drum).
Liner Note Author: John Stedman.
Recording information: Pacifica Studio, Los Angeles, CA (1999).
West Coast blues guitarist Kirk Fletcher has logged time with everyone from the Fabulous Thunderbirds to Charlie Musselwhite, but in 1999 he kicked off his solo career with I'M HERE AND I'M GONE. Given a 10th-anniversary reissue complete with bonus tracks, the album shows a guitarist who has assimilated the innovations of artists like B.B. King and Buddy Guy and channeled them into something contemporary, with traces of funk and R&B adding some extra groove juice.
Living Blues (7-8/99, pp.76,79) - "...delivers the goods with hard-hitting Texas-to-California-style guitar instead of his voice....especially fine..."