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Friday, June 14, 2013

Middle Mountain Music artist: RB Stone - Loosen Up! - New release review

I just received the newest release (June 18, 2013), Loosen Up!, from RB Stone and if you like your blues with a lotta country kick, this may be your deal! Opening with High Horse, a regular foot stomper, Stone hits hard and fast featuring Tom Hambridge on drums, Robert Britt on lead guitars, Tommy McDonald on bass and Jefferson Jarvis on keys... these guys make fire. On Long Gone Lonesome Blues, Stone leads the way through a Whippin Post like track with intricate rhythmic drumming, saturated key work and weaving guitars. On title track, Loosen Up!, the guys do a straight up boogie. Jarvis takes a real nice piano solo complimenting strong vocals by Stone and Hambridge. God Heals You When You Cry is a real smooth blues ballad featuring super vocals by Stone and hot guitar riffs from Britt. Texas Drunk Tank Blues is a hard driving blues rocker over a basic Robert Johnson riff. Always a good bet! Stone also adds some key harp playing on this track adding intensity to an already smoky tune. A Bad Case Of Blues Goin' On has a really cool guitar riff leading the way. Hambridge adds crisp snappy rhythm and Britt slides through with clean soloing. I Ain't Buying That Bull Today is another fast paced blues rocker with a cool hook. Harp work from Stone on this track adds a cool break from consistent solid vocals but it's the tasty guitar work of Britt and excellent drum work by Hambridge that gives this track the extra punch. She's Too Hot Handle is a great loping Texas style blues rocker. Super key work by Jarvis nicely compliments Stone on vocal and harp throughout this great airplay track. Hot guitar sliding really heats up the final track, Harley Heart, and Hambridge answers with train like drumming. Stone adds a bit of distortion to his vocal which gives the track more feel and texture. This is a real interesting album and one that is sure to please existing fans and win a bunch of new ones with this 10 pack of smoke!  

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