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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bluzpik artist: Joel Zoss - Florida Blues - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Florida Blues, from Joel Zoss and it has a light airy feel. Opening with Have You Seen My Rider, an easy blues with a pop feel. Zoss, a fine vocalist, shows his fluid hand at the fretboard joined by Jeff Adkins on bass and Matt Calderin on drums. A track that is so radio friendly that I feel familiar with it already, Papers of Light, has a contagious melody and brilliant simplicity. Blues based Vodka and Red Bull actually reminds me of an old Jonathan Edwards track which carried a lot of popularity alone. Clever vocals and clean guitar picking showcase this track. Very nice. Sentimental ballad, The Riddle Song, is nicely constructed and performed. Another blues toned number, Street Vet Chant, has classic blues guitar riffs and solid vocals. Zoss shows a clear knowledge of musical styling and performance. Big Bill Broonzy's, Key To The Highway, has a fresh modern acoustic feel but with a classic blues arrangement. Nicely articulated guitar soloing by Jeff Harding stands out as well. Two Fish is a simple pop track with a solid melody. Albert's Song has a real nice blues guitar riff repeating throughout although the track maintains a modern pop styling. Very nice! A really slick version of Ledbelly's classic, Goodnight Irene, is a total surprise with it's original rock spin. Wrapping the release is Follow Me I'll Turn Your Money Green that feels so blue I'd swear it's a John Hurt track. Nice blues picking and simple arrangement with solid vocals make this a prime cut to close the release.

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1 comment:

  1. why cant i listen to ur music,,,? JOEL?,,TOO MANY PERMISSIONS,????