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Thursday, April 19, 2018

M.C. Records artist: Marie Knight - The Gospel Truth Live - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Gospel Truth Live, from Marie Knight and it's rich. This performance was recorded on October 19, 2007 at Margaret A. Hart '35 Gospel fest at the Church Street Center in North Adams Massachusetts. Unfortunately, Knight passed in 2009 after a stroke and a bout with pneumonia. Fortunately, these tracks are now available for the public. Opening with Rev. Gary Davis' I Belong To The Band, Marie Knight is pure gospel with strong piano backing from Dave Keyes. Excellent! On Sister Rosetta Tharpe's Beams Of Heaven, Knight shows just how tightly the blues is bound to gospel music. Keyes piano work is terrific and Knight is off the charts. Davis' 12 Gates To The City has a great swing and Knight and Keyes are really rockin'! Knight's rework of Anna Warner's Jesus Loves Me, shows not only pure talent but pure love for the Lord and her work. Another Davis track, Let Us Get Together, has a super gospel swing and exploits the richness of Knight's vocals. Wrapping the release is a powerful cover of the traditional, For Thine Is the Kingdom, a truly excellent closer. if you are even slightly inclined to hear the complimentary work of Tharpe and Davis as performed by Knight, this is a strong release.


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sing My Title artist: Steven Troch Band - Rhymes For Mellow Minds - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Rhymes For Mellow Minds, from Steven Troch Band and it's really cool. Opening with The Short End, Belgian harp maestro and lead vocalist, Steven Troch lays out the first of 13 super tracks with a strutting blues rocker. With Steven Van Der Nat using a clean picking style, backed by Liesbeth Sprangers on bass, and Bruce James on drums. Nice opener. Bad Taste has an Otis Rush general feel with excellent guitar riffs and chords by Van Der Nat and super melodic lead harp work by Troch. This is style! One of my favorite tracks on the release is Long Long Beard (check it out Stilladog), an easy paced folk like track with only basic accompaniment and community backing vocals by Van Der Nat, Sprangers and Heirman. Jump track, White Line Express really turns up the heat with a solid bass line, snappy drums and some  of the best vocals on the release. Troch struts his stuff on the harp and Van Der Nat adds just enough to wet your whistle. Excellent! A track with a great bluesy gut is Rabbit Foot Trail with a harmonica melody, country roots and primitive feel. Very very nice! With a walking bass line and great harp work, Mister Jones and another track to be reckoned with.Vertigo is a guitar lovers track with Van Der Nat really kicking up the heat on a new wave meets Robert Fripp kind of track. I really like this voyage. Excellent! With TexMex styling, Rain Rain is a clever, almost Ry Cooder meets the Caribbean effort. With it's pleasant melody and cool beat, a nice addition.  Wrapping the release is blues driver, Walk Away with it's lumbering beat and fluid guitar riffs. Troch wraps the track with his own harp lines and then comes back with an odd little ditty ... a little something to keep you wanting. Nice!



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