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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Old Boy Network artist: JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci - Dirty Memory - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Dirty Memory, from JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci and I really like it! Opening with Leaning Blues, JJ Appleton really nails the Elmore James feel on slide resonator and Jason Ricci is wailing on harp for a terrific acoustic blues feel. Blind Willie Johnson's Nobody's Fault But Mine is up next with an uptempo foot stompin' pace. With a more contemporary feel, Appleton delivers Can't Believe It's This Good. A cordial blend of vocal, tight harp riffs and mellow slide resonator, this track should have strong radio appeal. Nicely constructed pop track, New Man, is a really nice showcase for Ricci on vocal and harp. Jason Solo is an understatement but accurate. Rici takes his harp for a nice ride from train harp to the world of Lee Oskar. Very nice! Just Enough is a rambling blues track with a nice melody and harp and slide guitar in unison. Nicely blended, this is a cool track. The Rolling Stones', Black Limousine, has a great swagger with excellent vocal. Appleton's resonator work is warm and inviting and Ricci's harp work clear and tight. Demon Lover has a real swampy feel with almost drone notes and low key chant like singing and swirling harp work. Very interesting! Gary US Bonds track, It Ain't No Use, has a definite blues feel with a twist of soul. Ricci really does a nice job of bringing the track to new light with crisp harp riffs making this another track that could easily see cross radio airplay. Wrapping the release is Come On Over, Come On By. This is a wonderfully expressive track with soulful vocals and excellent slide resonator accompaniment. Terrific!

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