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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hwy11 Records artist: Sunday Wilde - Blueberries and Grits - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Blueberries and Grits, from Sunday Wilde and it's sassy. Opening with New Orleans flavored, Show Me A Man, Wilde's trademark vocal style and piano finesse blends nicely with the trumpet work of Roger Reupert and backed by Sturgis Nikides on dobro, Reno Jack on bass, Rickey "Quicksand" Martin on drums. Latin spiced, Early In The Morning, a Louis Jordan track, is one of my favorite tracks with April Mae on washboard and Dave Fecca on acoustic guitar. Momma's Drinkin's Done has traditional boogie lines featuring strong vocals blanketed in Reupert's trumpet and Wilde's own piano work. Simple rocker, That Man Drives Me Mad, has primitive roots with Mandy Lemons on backing vocals. Billy Earheart's Cottage Pump Organ teamed with Wilde's piano work gives it an interesting sound blended with pop punk phrasing. Radio style track, Too Many Troubles, has a catchy melody and features some nice acoustic guitar work from Johnny Cass. Willie Dixon's John The Conquer Root, has a swampy feel with really bluesy vocals and piano work by Wilde and again featuring Nikides on dobro and Reupert on trumpet. Another Latin number, Daddy Daddy, keeps the accompaniment light with April Mae on washboard and Gary Vincent and Cass on acoustic guitar. Wilde really squeezes it on this one giving it an extra boost. Bessie Smith's Sorrowful Blues is up next and Wilde's piano work with Nikides' slide work highlights Wilde's vocal work nicely. One Of These Days is a cool duet with Reno Jack. This is a quiet little calliope kind of songs with Nikides on dobro and Earheart on Cottage Pump Organ. This track has a simple beauty setting it apart from the rest. Wrapping the release is Come On In, a spiritual track, done with full vocal backing by Watermelon Slim, Lemons, and Gary Vincent. With Earheart on organ and Robert Hughes on an old Stella, this is a super closer for a unique release.

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