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Friday, December 15, 2017

Mike 'Mudfoot' McDonald - Play This - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Play This, from Mike 'Mudfoot' McDonald and it has a good feel. Opening with Tired Of The Same Old Rut, an island flavored rocker, McDonald leads on guitar and vocals with Edwin Romikat on drums, Cory Turnbull on bass, Pat Rush and Russell Williams on guitar,and Mick Evans on percussion. On Screamin' Jay Hawkins' I Put A Spell On You, McDonald's vocals seem tailored for the track. Guitar soloing on this track is particularly cool with the addition of Mike Branton on guitar. Whistle Blowin' has a real nice feel featuring real nice guitar work both behind and upfront by McDonald and a nice piano solo by John Lee. On Valerie, McDonald and Pat Rush play a real nice guitar duet melody reminiscent of the Allman Brothers and Chuck Leavell with solid bass work by Al Richardson and tight drumming by Randy Coryell. Light and jazzy...very nice. Slide is a cool shuffle featuring McDonald playing a real nice slide guitar melody over a solid bottom and Lee's bright piano solo. Very nice. Wrapping the release is a reprise of Tired Of The Same Old Rut with plucky bass lines, reggae guitar rhythms and full rock guitar riffs under paired vocals.



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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Gandy Dancer Records artist: Peter Ward - Blues On My Shoulders - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Blues On My Shoulders, from Peter Ward and it's quite good. Opening with solid shuffle, She Took It All, Peter Ward on guitar and lead vocal sets a great pace with Mudcat Ward on bass, Neil Gouvin on drums and Sugar Ray Norcia on harp. Excellent opener. Surf rocker, Which Hazel, is a solid rocker along the lines of Chuck Berry with a strong surf twist. Clever lyrics and guitar riffs by Ward give this track a lot of gas. On title track, Blues On My Shoulders, Anthony Geraci adds nice piano and I particularly love the guitar work by Monster Mike Welch. Collaborate is all about lush chords and sassy sax and Ward's guitar work with Sax Gordon Beadle's sax work is just that. Excellent! Shuffle track, It's On Me is another outstanding entry on the release with a hot sax solo from Beadle and hot fingering from Ronnie Earl and Ward. Very nice. Southpaw is a hot number with a smoking B3 solo from Rusty Scott, solid bass work from George Dellomo, and hot guitar riffs by Ward.  One of my personal favorites on the release is jump track, Kansas City Blues featuring great vocals, a strong bass line by Joe Delia and really nice soloing by Ward. Wrapping the release is Drummin' Willie, about Willie Big Eyes Smith with Neil Gouvin on druma, Mudcat on bass and Sugar Ray Norcia on harp. This is a strong release with a lot of cool surprises. Check it out. 

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