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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Silver Tongue Records artist: Mississippi Bigfoot - Population Unknown - New Release review

I just received the newest release, Population Unknown, from Mississippi Bigfoot and it's quite good. Opening with southern blues rocker, Burn That Woman Down, a heavily blues tasting rocker with a heavy swagger, Christina Vierra on lead vocal is joined by Johnny Holiday and Ashley Bishop on slide and electric guitars with a funky swagger. Doug McMinn on drums and Cade Moore round out the group for a super rock start. Mighty River has a much more contemporary sound but retaining the tasty vocal sting of Vierra and cocky guitar riffs from Holiday (think Warren Haynes). Very nice! Open road rocker, Wag The Dog, is a fast driver with cool harp highlights by McMinn. No Flesh In Outerspace gets mighty funky and I like it! With a strong tasty guitar solo on this one and without going over the top, Holiday really gets the job done. Who's Gonna Run This Town has strong Jimi (Hey Joe) feel and solid metal bass lines giving it a real heavy rock sound but the bluesy vocals of Vierra never let you forget where you are. A real throw back to the days of "real" rock, this band has it going! Clarksdale has a Robert Johnson Crossroads feel but with modern blues rock execution. Holiday shares lead vocal on this track with Vierra and does a really solid job. McMinn on harp shows he's not just a drummer who can play a little bit of harp and Holiday lays in some real nice guitar riffs. Very cool! Ballad, You Did, features Vierra in her most natural vocal form. A solid melody and clean piano styling set the stage for this radio track. Booker T track, The Hunter, is given full tilt with McMinn on harp chiding Vierra on. Holiday and Bishop trade lead guitar lines making for an interesting duel. Wrapping the release is Tree Knockin', is a swampy rock boogie with a ZZ Top feel. Without getting outside the JL Hooker core, Bigfoot jams a cool closer for a surprisingly super release!

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