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Monday, May 2, 2016

LoungeSide Records artist: Jeff Plankenhorn - SoulSlide - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, SoulSlide, from Jeff Plankenhorn and it's a cool melodic release with a country twist. Opening with Lose My Mind, a gospel flavored track, Jeff Plankenhorn shows strong vocal prowess and excellent electric slide skills. Joined by Miles Zuniga on guitars, Yoggie on bass, Brannen Temple on drums and Ruthie Foster and Malford Milligan on backing vocal, this track is excellent! Sam and Dave's, You Got Me Hummin' get's a cool make over with lead vocals shared by Plankenhorn and Milligan, backing vocals by Foster and relentless with fat slide leads. Very nice. Trouble Find Me lays back a bit with more of a pop country flavor. Warm vocal harmonies, organ work by Dave Scher and Rami Jaffe complimented by a super slide guitar voice makes this a prime radio track. Like Flowers has a driving rock beat with Plankenhorn and Foster trading lead vocals. Strong slide work on this track makes it a real strong seller, nicely complimenting the super vocals. Bright and poppy, Dirty Floor has a super rhythm and solid melody. A light funky guitar rhythm and a gritty lead electric guitar gives this track real traction. Kansas City Nocturne is a really haunting track with piano and eerily beautiful guitar work with blending like vocals from the spectacular Crosby Nash release from the 70's. Born To Win is pure R&B with great movement, vocals and harmonies. This track just has a great feel. Super! Vagabond Moonlight is a smart ballad with warm vocal and instrumental interplay. Easily a cross station seller. Mockingbird Blues is a track with very attractive vocal lead and ultra clean acoustic and slide guitar work. Really nice! Headstrong is a rocker with a heavy bass line and contemporary harmonies. Clean lead electric guitar and slide accent gives the track just a touch country. Live Today is a country flavored rocker with dueling guitar leads and a nice bass lead riff. Wrapping the release is Walking In the Sun, a country track with a lot of Wilson Pickett style soul. Plankenhorn really does show that he not only has a great voice but a very versatile vocal style as well as exceptional slide guitar taste. This release has many flavors but there is a string of continuity that ties it all together as a really nice release.

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