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Monday, August 18, 2014

Pro Sho Bidness artist: Jeff Dale and the South Woodlawners - Good Music - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Good Music, by Jeff Dale and the South Woodlawners and it's got the blues. Opening with Town Line Road, is a hard driving blues rocker featuring Tim Austin on drums, Orlando Wright on bass and Jeff Stone on harp with Dale on guitar and vocal. Naked Woman In My Bed has a cool R&B feel with Glen Doll leading the way on harp. Jim Jedeiken adds key sax work with Charlie Love on guitar, Mark Mack on drums, Andre "Big Perm" McCottry on bass and Derek Phillips on keys. On title track, Good Music, Dale lays down a cool shuffle feel. Chef Denis Depoitre adds some real nice harp work and Charlie Love joins again on vocal and guitar. Andre Howard sets a strong bass line and Mark Mack keeps the bottom tight on drums. Letter From The Birmingham Jail is a cool track with a lot of commercial potential. With it's catchy melody and tight rhythm it's certain to garner attention. One of my favorites is Final Destination. A somber ballad along the lines of The House Of The Rising Sun, Dale's vocals are spot on and cello work from Dane Little gives it a unique feel. She Love Me has a Chicago blues rock feel with key harp work from Jeff Stone. Tim Austin really sets the tempo and shifts on this track and a cool guitar riff from Dale keep this in the groove. Wagon Wheel is a cool low slung blues with a great feel. Stepping out on guitar, Dale really takes the bull by the horns and rips it. Very nice! Cold Wind is another deeper slow blues, this time featuring Doll on harp. Rich guitar overtones and a smart crisp solo sets this track apart with a feel of the House of the Rising Sun or St James Infirmary. Very cool! Black And White is a cool track with a cool groove. Snatch it Back comes to mind but with a different return. Again Doll is on top with harp and Austin on drums. Orlando Wright handles a solid bass line and Dale's vocals are tops. Rock and roll blues...very cool. The Devil I Know is one of the coolest tracks on the release. I like the groove and the overall pace of the track is just right. Dale and Love on guitar and Doll on harp really deliver on this track. Murder has a 50's soundtrack kind of feel (like Fever). Marilyn Schram plays an unusual oboe solo on the track, possibly the only oboe solo I've ever heard on a blues release. Walking bass line from Howard and tightly packed drums keep this track on par with Dale's vocal delivery. Wrapping the release is an extremely cool, My Brain Took The Whole Night Off. A swing blues track, Dale tells the tale and mack really plays the drums on this one. An exception sax solo from Jedeiken really caps this track as an excellent closer.  

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