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Monday, July 25, 2016

Patoutville Records artist: Brian Langlinais - Right Hand Road - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Right Hand Road, from Brian Langlinais and it's an easy paced, R&B flavored release. Opening with rocker, You Can't Say I Didn't Love You, Brian Langlinais establishes his ground as lead vocalist backed by James Pennebaker on lead guitar, Steve Conn on keys, Lynn Williams on drums and Ron Eoff on bass with cool backing vocals by Charlene Howard and powerful horn work by Roy Agee on trombone, Steve Hermann on trumpet and Randy Leago on sax. On Wilson Piclett's, Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You, accordion work by Conn, nice piano and organ work by Patterson Barrett and backing vocals by Jonell Mosser set a real interesting pace. Title track, Right Hand Road, has a definite country blues feel with acoustic slide resonator work by D.L. Duncan and mandolin work by Barrett. Very cool. One of my favorite tracks on the release, New Orleans flavored, Louisiana Love, has a really infectious groove pairing Langlinais with Mosser on vocal duet and sax work by Leago coupled with sassy piano work by Barrett and a nice lap steel solo by Pennebaker really makes this track click. William Bell's, Everyday Will be Like A Holiday, really shows Langlinais' vocal strength and the bass work by Eoff is particularly strong, backed by the horn section giving it extra grip. Super. Solid, One Desire, is a straight up soul track with nicely blended guitar, key and vocal backing. Muddy Waters' Don't Go No Further, really gets the blues groove flowing with flowing piano work, a wild piano solo and a cool guitar solo from Pennebaker. Cool track. Boogie rocker, Tucumcari Tonight, gets a real nice drive going with solid vocal work by Langlinais and Howard, driving guitar work by Pennebaker and a rolling piano solo by Conn. Very nice! Another track with a New Orleans under step is It's The Whiskey That Eases The Pain. Conn's organ soloing blending nicely with Barrett's piano work and the snappy drum work by Williams gives this track nice bite. Langlinais' side solo on this track really adds the pepper and his vocals blended with Mosser is super. Wrapping the release is acoustic blues, Our Love Is Slipping Away, with Langlinais and Tony Daigle on acoustic guitar, D.L. Duncan on resonator and Barrett on mandolin. This is a really nice track and an excellent closer to a relaxing release.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Blues Rebels - Voodoo Land - New Release Review

I just had the chance to review the newest release, Voodoo Land, by The Blues Rebels and it's solid. Opening with shuffle track, Changed My Ways, Dov Hammer takes the lead on vocals and harp, backed by Andy Watts on guitar, Amos Springer on bass, Avi Barak on drums and Martan Ashkenazy on keys. Hammer takes the first solo on harp followed by a sweet solo from Watts. Title track, Voodoo Land has a strong wood block stroke and an overall Hendrix feel. Hammer and Watts both solo again and Ashkanazy's keywork adds the tension. A super track, this band can rock! Well Run Dry is a modern interpretation of a Robert Johnson riff with a contemporary rock feel. On Some Day, a strong radio with a solid melody, Joe Louis Walker adds tasty acoustic guitar and electric solos with cool bongo rhythms by Barak and melodic harp work by Hammer. Very nice. Knee slapper, Everybody Loves My Baby, features Walker on lead vocal with Hammer. Slow blues ballad, Burning Deep, features some of Hammer's best vocals as well as some scorching guitar work by Watts. His shimmering chords also add nicely to the overall successfulness of this track. A cool bass line drives this track under Hammer's lead vocals. Wah Wah effects give the rhythm guitar a cool sound and versatile guitar riffs give this track a standout sound. County pop style ballad, Shadows, features Walker and Ashkenazy on acoustic guitar backing Watts on electric and some of the nicest vocal blending on the release. Another soaring guitar solo by Watts gives this track wind. Funky, Old School, features Springer on bass and Barak on drums. Hammer's vocals are certainly leading the way but with Watts and Hammer on harp, the entire band shines on this one. Instrumental, Blue Dreams, is a really nice composition featuring Watts leading the way on guitar melody joined by Hammer. Very nice. A remix of Well Run Dry wraps the release with Amir Hacchen on keys and electronic percussion joining the band with a much more electronic sound. Using it as a platform for a jam over a dance track, I'd say it's quite successful.


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