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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Kris Lager Band - Love Songs & Life Lines - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Love Songs & Life Lines from Kris Lager Band and it's breezy and rhythmic. Opening with instrumental, Aurora Borealis, the band shows influences of world music with intricate guitar sounds by Lager, bass by Aaron Underwood and percussion by Scooby Sha Bo Bo. Adventuresome and soothing. Super ballad, I Wanna Hold You In My Arms has flavors of R&B and The Band. Lager's vocals are strong and his slide guitar adds nicely to the overall feel of the track. Very nice. San Francisco Bound is another strong track a good melody, slide guitar and sax by Lefever with trace sounds of Garcia and Van Morrison. Pickin' Up The Pieces is a bluesy, country flavored ballad. I like the general looseness of the track and blazing sax work of Lefever. Very cool! Another warm ballad, I'm Still Here And I Ain't Lettin' Go, features heartfelt vocals by Lager and Lefever's sax over organ a bed of richness. One of my favorite tracks on the release is I'll Be Thinking Of You, a descending chord pattern supporting a simple but effective melody. Very nice.  Wrapping the release is Journey's Sonata, a tight acoustic guitar track. This is a smart closer to an overall very pleasing release.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tim Woods - Human Race - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Human Race, from Tim Woods and it shows strong influences of blues and rock players of note. On Can You Feel It, a solid blues rocker, traces of Cream and Robin Trower permeate the flow and Woods' Leslie West like vocals ride high on the backing by Bobby Lee Rodgers on guitar, bass, drums and keys. Solid! Instrumental, Step has a funky bottom giving Woods a real nice platform to lay down his best rock riffs with snappy drums and bass by Rodgers. Roger Waters like composition, Take A Minute has more of an American flavor but the Brit's clues are there. With a poppier edge, another solid contribution. Title track, Human Race pulls trace sounds from the Yardbirds and the Doors to create an electrifying driving rocker. TW Funk has a cool yet funky vibe fueled by a rich bass groove, clean, tele sounding lead and wah wah guitar backing. Very nice! Trixie is a catchy jam with "Dead like" melody. Woods' tone is very nice and I really like Lavezzoli's drumming on this track. Where Did She Go? is a lumbering blues rocker with real swagger. Wrapping the release is Leave The Earth Alone again draws from Dead influences with melodic guitar lead and loose, funky keyboard work ending with a Revival like break. Very cool.