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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

David Lumsden & Friends - Hues of Blues - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Hues of Blues, from David Lumsden & Friends and it's got a mix of tracks to show off  Lumsden's guitar chops. On Earl Hooker's, You Got To Lose, Lumsden leads on vocal and guitar, backed by Tim Bahn on organ, Wayne carter on piano, Gary Davis on bass and Arthur Carey Sr. on drums. Cool shuffle, You're Ruining My Bad Reputation, written by Denise La Salle features Wayne Carter on lead vocal, giving Lumsden free rein to play slide. Nice job. Pulling out the eccentric Jeff Beck instrumental, Brush With the Blues, Lumsden not only demonstrates his solid guitar chops but his excellent listening influences. Memphis Minnie's What's The Matter With The Mill features Reggie Britton on lead vocal and drums with a great driving pace and Steve Mehlberg on harp. One of my favorite tracks on the release, Raised Me Right, features super vocals by Mary Jo Curry and fat fat slide work by Lumsden. Very nice. Willie Newbern's Rollin' and Tumblin' has a rocky feel with a blend of Jeff Beck's arrangement and some heavy handed drumming giving the track a strong edge and slicing guitar riffs by Lumsden. very cool. A solid cover of Hoagy Carmichael's Georgia featuring Wayne Carter on vocal and piano adds one more to the list of sloid covers, closing with Led Zeps Rain Song, all instrumental with Lumsden on acoustic guitar,  Andon Davis on slide, Gary davis on keys and Jim Engel on drums. A real nice closer for a solid release. 

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Catfood Records artist: Sandy Carroll - Blues & Angels - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Blues & Angels, from Sandy Carroll and it's got something special. Opening with Soak Me In The Spirit, a gospel soaked shuffle, Carroll has lead vocal backed by Rick Steff on keys, Steve Potts on drums, David Smith on bass and Will MacFarlane on guitar. Soulful ballad, Wrapped In An Angel, has a really nice melody, with Mark Narmore on keys, Smith on bass, Potts on drums and MacFarlane on guitars. Sassy shuffle, Mama Don't Like It is one of my favorite tracks with a cool shuffle feel clean bluesy riff by MacFarlane and some of Carroll's best vocals on the release. Funky, Headin' Home is another of my favorite tracks with snappy drum work by Mario Dawson, bass by George Moye and featuring Bernard Allison on guitar. Very cool. Wrapping the release is ballad, Mississippi Me featuring only her vocal and Narmore on piano. A fitting closer for a nice release. 

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