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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Momo Records artist: Rachelle Coba - Mother Blues - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Mother Blues from Rachelle Coba and it's a very interesting first effort on the part of this fine singer/songwriter/guitarist. Opening with Never Been To Memphis, Coba kicks up her heels in a country pop manner with balanced vocal and guitar mix. Ain't Got Time (To Fall In Love), is up next with a soul flavor. Showing strong possibilities as a radio track I would certainly compare it favorably with the work of Susan Tedeschi. Worried Blues is a fusion of blues and light jazz as you might hear from Robben Ford and not only nicely showcases Coba's fine vocals but also some pretty stylistic guitar riffs. Between The Tracks has a quiet ballad feel with clean articulate guitar work and firm drum work from Karl T Himmel. Jacob Webb lays down some really sweet bass lines on this track and Jerry Hahn also adds some nice lead guitar work. Chicago has a bit of a rag beat to it looking back at some of the more old style blues players. The cool repeating little guitar riff sets this track off. A more soulful attack on the solo guitar work on this track is a cool contrast against the acoustic picking which outlines the track. Telephone Song gets down and dirty with hot snappy electric guitar riffs complimenting Coba's finest vocals on the release. Title track, Mother Blues is a rambling shuffle track with an nice extended guitar solo. A Man Like You is a quiet understated shuffle track with nice guitar punctuation. David M Santos carries a nice bass line on this track leading to a smooth guitar solo by Coba. View From Here has a lot of the characteristics or older blues/spiritual tracks. This is a tight little number with mostly guitar chords and vocal. Nice. Let Your Love Shine, wrapping the release, has a nice funky bottom by Himmel on drums and Jason Webb on bass. Ray Murry adds warmth with organ on this piece but it's really strong writing, a great beat, ideal vocals and stinging guitar work that makes this my favorite on the release.

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