Pasatiempo -The New Mexican's Weekly Magazine of Arts, Entertainment & Culture
July 29-August 4, 2011
by Steve Terrell "Terrell's Tune-up"
"Ahrzetta,Chunky & the Dark Eyes by Terry Diers. Diers' Facbook page says he's originally from Vermont, so one might suspect that his music would be closer to maple syrup than ren beans and rice. But on this album, backed by some of Santa Fe's finest plus Blues Traveler's John Popper blowing harp on one track, the overriding sound is New Orleans and Louisiana music. Lots of R&B, some hard Big Easy funk, some touches of Dixieland, even a little swampy country.
And Diers pulls it off. Having heard his music in various settings for nearly 30 years, I can say he's got one of the most natural blues voices of anyone to ever blow through Santa Fe. I've heard him sing blues. I've heard him sing soul with a band called Motown Revue and gospel with Bethleham & Eggs. I even remember hearing him play keyboards with a pickup band for Screamin' Jay Hawkins. so new Orleans isn't that big of a stretch.
Some of the tunes here ----"Ahrzetta," "Here's Johnny," "Hitch Hooker" --- are fairly big productions with full horn sections. Some are simple acoustic blues, such as "Walkin' Til I Die," "Chunky," and the honky-tonk lament "Price of Beer."
Find this album at www.bandcamp.com/album/ahrzetta-chunky-and-the-dark-eyes. And by the time you read this, maybe Diers' new website (www.terrydiers.com) will have been launched."