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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tracy K - What's The Rush? - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (September 30, 2016), What's The Rush?, from Tracy K and it has a strong radio slant. Opening with Latin influenced, Everybody Wants, with it's cool beat, features Tracy K on harp and lead vocals, Leonard Shaw on keys and horns with exceptional rhythm by Vaughan Poyser on bass and George Demeduk on drums. Jason Nowicki really tears it up on guitar giving the track an extra zing. Nice opener. Stripped down blues track, I Got The Honey, features Jamie Steinhoff on dobro and Tracy on vocal and harp. With it's true to the form nature, it should appeal to true blues lovers for sure. What Tomorrow Brings follows the blues formula with solid chord changes but integrates country harmonies and modern blues guitar runs. Very nice. Heartstrung has thick flavor of New Orleans with Shaw providing a super piano drive and Ty Rogers on drums and Nenad Zdjelar on bass pushing the beat. Tracy tells the story vocally with clever innuendo and Terry Bennett's guitar work as icing. On soulful ballad, Done Gone Wrong, Shaw's organ work and Nowicki's guitar work support Tracy's vocals nicely on what is a primarily a solid radio track. Pop track, Indigo Heart, is strongly written and possibly the best matched to Tracy's vocal style. With a slight raspiness to her vocals and a cool melodic guitar solo by Bennett, this could be the best track on the release. Time Machine is an laid, jazz style track with only Tony Demmarteau on guitar and Tracy on vocal. Showing yet another side of her work, it is a nice change of pace. Wrapping the release is I'm Guilty, is a pleasant acoustic ballad with Steinhoff on guitar in front with Tracy on vocal and harp. I nicely written and delivered track based on arppegiated chords, this is a cool closer.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Peach and the Almost Blues Band Release "A Night In Copenhagen"

PEACH AND THE ALMOST BLUES BAND
RELEASE NEW ALBUM
"A NIGHT IN COPENHAGEN"

 








 


  Peach and the Almost Blues Band announce the release of their new album "A Night In Copenhagen" (Magic Music).
  
  During February of 2016 American blues singer and guitarist Peach Reasoner returned to Copenhagen to play with her band at her favorite club, the cozy Café Bartof. Club owners Joacim “Jokke” Friss Holm and Charlotte Bertelsen had graciously agreed that recording equipment could be brought for a live recording session.

  Peach and The Almost Blues Band invited keyboard player and composer Ken Stange (Joe Cocker, Roger Miller, Jose Feliciano) to come over for the recording. Ken Stange had played with PEACH for many years in her Los Angeles band. Ken plays piano, organ and harp. The result of the live recording is called "A Night in Copenhagen". During that time of year, Denmark is cold and dark... but the love in that room was the reason for the journey.

  
Personnel:

Lead Vocal and Guitar: Peach Reasoner USA
Guitar and Backing Vocals: Michael Engman Rønnow  
Bass and Backing Vocals: Helge Solberg  
Drums: Niclas Campagnol
Special Guest: (keys, harp) Ken Stange USA


Track Selection:

Tonight I'll Be Stayin Here With You (Bob Dylan)
Never Make Your Move Too Soon (Will Jennings/Nesbert/JR Hooper)
Little By Little (Mel London)
Love-Itis (Harvey Scales/Albert Vance)
Tell Me You Love Me (Peach Reasoner)
Come Up And See Me Sometime (Danny Timms/Jodi Siegel)
Same As I'm Over You (Paulie Cerra)
Ain't Got No Money (Frankie Miller)



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Guitar Angels Records artist: Mary Jo Curry - Self Titled - New Release Review

I just received the newest self titled release from Mary Jo Curry and it should have broad audience appeal. Opening with Ooooo Weeee, an easy blues number featuring Curry on lead vocal over a basic blues riff. Dick Garretson on trumpet provides key accents and Michael Rapier and James Armstrong on guitar, Darryl Wright on bass, Andrew Blaze Thomas on bass, Brett Donovan on keys, Mike Gillette on sax and Larry Niehaus on trombone. A cool walking bass line by Lawrence Baluden sets the pace for Husband #2 and Rapier and Armstrong lay out cool guitar runs under the smooth vocals of Curry. Junior Wells' Little By Little is on of my favorite tracks on the release with clear vocals and a solid blues backing and tight key work from Donovan. Slow ballad, Wrapped Around My Heart, penned by Tom Hambridge really shows Curry at her best belting out a radio oriented track. Her vocals are powerful and rich, with cool guitar lead work. Very nice. Steppin' is a cool slow boogie with really nice slide work from Armstrong. A slinky track, this one simmers. Funk laden, Voodoo Woman, a Koko Taylor track, has a cool beat and Curry shows smooth transition from style to style. Another track with a funky bottom, When A Woman's Had Enough, really get's under your skin with it's bottom by Wright and Thomas. Shifting keys, Donovan takes a real nice organ solo leading to a power conclusion by Curry. Slow shuffle, Homewrecker, is a sassy number with a planted bass and snappy drum riffs. Armstrong steps up again with his slide guitar giving the track real traction. Wrapping the release is Smellin', a cool R&B style track, with a lot of spunk. Rapier plays his had at slide on this one backed by Donovan on organ and with seductive lyrics, this track is a perfect closer.

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