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Monday, August 26, 2013

Membrane Records artist: Jon Zeeman - Down On My Luck - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Down On My Luck, from Jon Zeeman and it's quite entertaining. Opening with a loping shuffle, You're Right, I'm Wrong, Zeeman shows a good command of the guitar and shore handed riffs. Rich guitar tones sounding like a strat through a Super drive the track. With a band made up of Phil McArther on bass, George Lilly on drums and Tom Regis a d Bob Taylor on keys, these guys are tight. Down On My Luck is a strong, slow blues ballad with complex jazz construction. A really nice melody gives Zeeman a nice platform for his vocal and warm organ backing gives him adequate space for interesting guitar riffs. Hangman's Bridge has a distinct Jimi Hendrix Foxy Lady rhythm and a Don Nix like melody sounding a bit like Mahogany Rush. Really strong blues rock track. I Love Everybody again has a Hendrix influence but in this case over Muddy Waters. A really cool twist. I Love Everybody continues in the contemporary Muddy Waters/Johnny Winter style. This is a real seductive style with Zeeman adding his own flare and not copying the earlier but having a similar style with a little Hendrix mixed. Again, really cool! Waitin For The Storm is another slower blues number with a cool guitar intro. Zeeman has a real nice hand for crafting an interesting guitar solo around a basic melody. I Got News is a more uptempo funky kind of blues track. Lilly adds nicely to the crispness of this track and Zeeman's Texas Style soloing on this track is fluid. Money is a jazzy rock style track which could easily gather airspace with a cool hook. A slick electric piano solo on this track is also quite cool. Can't You Hear Me has a distinct walking bass line and smart guitar riffs creating a cool drive. Several grinding guitar riffs on this track set it apart from the rest. So Bad has a nice lope to is and with a nice key change mid way through the track and than back again give it texture. Better Off Dead opens with a cool guitar riff but then breaks into a smooth rock track that could easily see airplay. It had a solid melody and sweet guitar riffs. Zeeman has put together a nice set here and one that you should give a listen.

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