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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Terry Gillespie - Bluesoul - New release review

From the opening Elmore James guitar riff Terry Gillespie's new release, Bluesoul, is a lot of fun. The Devil Likes To Win is a smooth little shuffle track, Gillespie exhibiting Bob Dylan style vocals and clean guitar riffs and harp work. Next up is What Would Bo Diddley Do, a Louisiana Diddley style track featuring Lyndell Montgomery on bass and Wayne Stoute on drums. Peter Measroch adds cool piano and key work throughout complimenting this track and Gillespie's vocals are spot on. Early In The Mornin' digs deep for a real nice primitive piano style blues with Gillespie on vocal and guitar. You're Gonna Make Me Cry is a nice R&B style blues and Gillespie milks the track like a modern day Otis Redding with Measroch on organ and Montgomery adds a nice bass solo. Very Nice. Backing vocals by Jody Benjamin, Ann Downey and Sally Robinson add a cool ambiance. My Mama is a cool blues track with nice piano runs and soulful vocals. Gillespie steps up with with some particularly tasty guitar riffs on this track. It Wasn't Me is a boogie style track with Gillespie and Measroch trading piano and guitar riffs. The simplicity of the vocal adds nicely to the texture of this track. A twisting rocker, Her Mind Left First, is a nice change up with clever lyrics. 16 Days has a lot of the rawness of the mountain blues and again vocals reminiscent of Dylan. This is another of my favorite tracks based purely on feel. Another piano boogie, She Walks Right In, has the JL Lewis flair and nice rock a billy guitar riffs. This track just has a great swagger. Magnolia Tree is a simple ballad with a nice melody. Understated guitar and piano with simple percussion allows plenty of space for the simple expressive vocals that proliferate this release. Winding down the way it started, Elmore James like riffs open the closer, a reprise of The Devil Likes To Win. This is a very entertaining release and one that should get a few spins.

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