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Monday, January 5, 2015

RC and The Moonpie Band - Individually Wrapped - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Individually Wrapped, from RC and the Moonpie Band and it's a lot of fun. Opening with F in Funk, Robert "RC" Christian (lead vocal), Robert Marlow (guitar), T Bone Betourney (drums), Mike Logiovino (bass) and Russell Pleasants (backing vocals) throw down a mix of blues and R&B. Gary Pope sits in on slide guitar and Dale MacPherson on harp along with RC's vocals giving an Al Green style track a bluesy feel of Muddy Waters. On shuffle track Country Girl, Marlowe handles a tasty guitar riff over slick vocals from RC. Pope is back on slippery slide for Squeeze Play Blues but I really like a grinding rhythm work of Marlowe working with Logiovino on bass on this track. Hope In A Hopeless World is a strong R&B track and RC has his best opportunity to show is vocal capabilities joined by Lorette Christain on backing. Again Marlowe plays some tasty riffs and Debby Gore contributes nicely on keys. My favorite track on the release. Sweet Tooth digs in the funk and Logiovino and Marlowe are pushing it down. Another smooth R&B track, I Wouldn't Treat A Dog That Way, again features RC at his best with vocal backing by Lorette Christian. Marlowe's guitar work is reminiscent of the Isleys. Very cool! Hey Yeah is a rocker with a tip of the hat to the Stones. Again Marlowe is upfront on guitar and Logiovino and Betourney hold down the bottom. Lonesome and Then Some is a straight up rocker with an Eric Clapton feel. Jeff Cochran adds guitar and vocal to this catchy track again featuring the fleet guitar work of Marlowe. Prince's Kiss gets a heavy swamp bottom and delicate spanish guitar work giving it a totally different feel from Prince or Tom Jones. Actually quite cool. Viagra is a easy funk track with a slower James Brown rhythm. Debby Gore is back on piano for this track. Like A Puma has a Chuck Berry rhythm and Marlowe has it running. David Hood steps up with a hot sax solo and the track a hot compact rocker. Wrapping the release is Dixon's Wang Dang Doodle with a little funk on the bottom. MacPherson adds some cool blues harp along with RC's blues vocals giving it an updated blues feel.

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