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Monday, August 24, 2015

Bobbie (Mercy) Oliver, The Texas Blues King - Sleeping With The Dogs - New Release review


I just received the newest release, Sleeping With The Dogs, from Bobbie (Mercy) Oliver and its quite interesting! Opening with smoking harmonica track, Juke Joint, Oliver leads the way complimented by David White on bass, Andre on drums and with some hot lead guitar work by Melvin "Melo" Hinchen. Next up is Highway 61 and some fine vocals from Oliver. I really like Oliver's "feel" on harp and White walks it on bass also adding cool organ backing and Andre's drums are tight. Hinchen lays in a nice guitar solo without taking over the show. White really lays out a nice bass lead on I'm Leaving You getting you moving. Oliver maintains a solid balance between vocals and harp. On blues rocker On The Bottom, White really lays down a cool bass line leading to melodic harp soloing by Oliver. Switching gears a bit into more of a country/gospel feel with I Love The Lord, Oliver leads on vocal complimented nicely by White on organ. R&B style takes the focus on One Woman Man, with a taste of Al Green and a touch of Rufus Thomas. Guitar Man Nate rips a spine chilling guitar solo on this track setting it apart even more. Title track, Sleeping With The Dogs has a funky blues feel with a nice groove from White on bass. Oliver has a simple but effective harp style that just sits right with you. I Want To Talk To You has a James Brown chug but a rock beat giving it an unusually cool feel. Simple guitar riffs and compact harp riffs gives this track its groove. Wrapping the release is She's My Baby, a tight little rocker with a blues flavor. Oliver's gravelly vocals, sparing harp riffs and concise guitar riffs make this a perfect ending for a cool release.

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