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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

American Showplace Music artist: Brandon Santini - The Longshot - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review to most recent release, The Longshot, from Brandon Santini and it's a stripped down blues rocker. Opening with Don't Come Around Here No More, Brandon Santini is upfront on lead vocal and his vocals are particularly strong. Backed by Timo Arthur on guitar, Chuck Combs on bass, Reed Muchow on drums, John Ginty on keys and Moe Watson on backing vocal this is a super opener with hot harp riffs by Santini. With a country two step feel, Drive You Off My Mind has a cool open road feel with snappy drums and added percussion by Michael Bram. Greg Gumpel really adds nice slide guitar riffs under the lead vocal, paired with Santini's own harp work and saturated in Ginty's organ flow making this one of the best tracks on the release.  I really like Arthur's guitar tone on Back To You pushing into a foot stomping, lumbering drive. Santini works back and forth between lead vocal and crisp harp riffs giving the track a fine flow and Arthur's guitar soloing is pressing. Very cool. Another straight up rocker, My Worried Mind and cool jangly guitar riffs and a solid bass line with emphasis on the harp and modern blues guitar riffs. Willie Dixon's Evil (Is Going On) has a really nice funky bass line and glistening key work by Ginty under raspy distorted vocals by Santini. I really like this take on Dixon's classic and Santini seals the deal with his fluid harp soloing. Very nice. Wrapping the release is rocker, Somebody's Gotta Go in contemporary blues rock style. Laid back vocal delivery and a driving rock rhythm are the key here providing an open lane for Santini to close the show. This is a real solid release and one that should continue Santini's foothold as one of todays blues rock innovators.



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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Susan Williams & the Wright Groove - It's About Time - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, It's About Time, from Susan Williams & The Wright Groove and they lay down a blend of ballads, shuffles and R&B tracks. opening with bluesy ballad, Tell Me You Love Me, vocalist Susan Williams leads the way and plays bass. Mike Gallemore fits in some real nice guitar phrases backed by Darryl Wright on bass, Rob Davis on drums and Mike Cruse on keys. On R&B track, Loving You From A Distance, Gallemore plays a nice melodic guitar solo and with a really memorable melody, scores the best radio track for the release. Shuffle track, Shame On You has a cool pace and with nicely blended lead and backing vocals and flowing blues guitar soloing by Gallemore has a kind of BB King feel and features a cool bass solo by Wright. Cool rocker, You've Got Another Thing Coming has a light funky beat with a great bass line a rowdy solo and cool guitar accents.  Please Come Back To Me is my favorite track on the release with strong R&B cues back to Ray Charles and excellent blues phrasing by Gallemore. Wrapping the release is Too Little, Too Late with a light bluesy swing. Williams vocals are solid and Gallemore's guitar lead cool, laid back and interesting. This is a solid closer for a cool release. 

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