Now three albums in to a remarkable run as a blues player, Allchin continues to pour his substantial life experience into his work. Leadership, precision and clear thinking, the need for persistence through hard times, and the practical applications of warm-heartedness — that’s all there in Allchin’s songs. Overclocked and Q.E.D., his two prior albums, were praised by blues enthusiasts for their approachability, their sturdy construction, and their earned wisdom. That continues on Decisions, Allchin’s most assured set yet, and one on which he’s joined by some of the finest blues musicians in America today: Michael Rhodes and Reese Wynans of Joe Bonamassa’s acclaimed band, and drummer and producer Tom Hambridge, who has worked with (among many others) Ana Popovic, Susan Tedeschi, and George Thorogood. “You Might Be Wrong” is pure Allchin magic: a gentle, humble, quietly powerful message of compassion from a survivor with a story to tell. Some tasty licks on the acoustic guitar, too.
Directed with love by Nashville filmmaker Kelly Magill, the endearing clip for “You Might Be Wrong” extends the bright, wry mood of the song. There’s plenty of footage of Allchin and his friends doing what they love to do in the studio — fingers on fretboards, friends gathered around microphones, music stands overflowing with charts and notations. But the real action in the clip takes place outdoors, where a group of kids are constructing a clubhouse where everybody is welcome. Under the bright midday sun, they open their doors to a disabled child — who, as it turns out, has quite a lot to contribute to the dynamic himself.