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Friday, August 16, 2019

COP Records artist: Mark Cameron - On A Roll - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, On A Roll, from Mark Cameron and it's a flavorful slice of contemporary blues rock. Opening with Trouble Brewin' an upbeat shuffle, Cameron on lead vocal and guitar, leads the way with Rick Miller on harp, Scott Lundberg on bass, Dan Schroeder on drums and Sheri Cameron on woodwinds. Title track, On A Roll is a solid rocker with definite radio appeal. I like Cameron's guitar phrasing and the trim beat of this track. Dicey is one of my favorite tracks on the release with a walking bass line and suspenseful feel. With it spoken lead vocal and cool backing vocals by Rick and Scott, topped by the reverb saturated guitar...very cool. A strong bass line by Lundberg and punchy horn work by Sheri really Next Stop Is The Blues off nicely. Another lively blues rocker, Movin Out has a great driving rhythm with real nice harp work by Miller and simple but tight guitar work by Cameron. Mojo Shuffle is another real nice track with a cool shuffle framework and nice bluesy guitar solo by Mark and a tight bottom. Wrapping the release is Dreams, a laid back ballad featuring mark up front on vocal over a lightly salted backing. With warm sax work by Sheri and firm bass work by Scott, this is a cool closer for a solid release. 

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

VizzTone Label Group artist: Heather Newman - Rise From The Flames - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Rise From The Flames, by Heather Newman, and it's got style. Opening with blues thumper, I'm Coming For You, Heather Newman picks up where she left off on her VizzTone debut release, Burn Me Alive. A powerful, slashing vocal style, coupled with the relentless guitar lead of Keith Ladd, and solid backing by Ryan Matthew keys, and Adam Watson on drums. On gutsy shuffle, She Sure Looks Like Me, it's Newman's bass line that sets the pace and her vocals are really effective with some harmonic paring. Lonely on Beale is a cool track with a cool backbeat. Newman really works the vocal lines and Ladd gives his guitar a nice workout making one of my favorite tracks on the release. With it's James Brown bottom, compliments of Watson and with the addition of sax by Michael Lefever and trumpet of Teddy Krulewich Coming Home has real snap. Again, Ladd steps up with some tasty guitar lead and Newman's rich vocals anchor this track square in the groove. Latin rhythm infused, What Goes Around has great movement and Newman lays down some of my favorite vocals on the release. Wrapping the release is straight up radio track, That's All, with it's smooth melody and nice vocal pairings. This is a cool release build squarely around the strong vocal work of Heather Newman. Nice job.

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