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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Jaxon Records artist: Little Boys Blue - Tennissippi - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Tennissippi, from Little Boys Blue and it's quite good. Opening with title track, Tennissippi, singer/harp player, JD Taylor leads a tall strutting blues rocker joined by Tyler Goodson and Brad Webb on super slide guitar, Alex Taylor on lead and rhythm guitar, Dave Mallard on bass, Mark Brooks on drums and Dave Thomas on keys. Super opener. On Lights On, the band has a cool New Orleans style funk (think I Was In The Right Place), with a cool wah wah rhythm and nice horn backing from Ken Waters on trumpet and Bad Brad Guin on sax. Thomas takes a real nice ride on his B3 giving the track a warmer feel. Very nice! Rocker, Pack It Up Baby, is driven by a Mallards' bass work, complimented by a smoking harp solo by Taylor, Alex and Goodson's guitar solos and a super sax solo by Guin. Shuffle track, If I'd A Known, has a nice groove with some tasty guitar work by Alex and Tyler as well as nice B3 solo and again notable harp work by JD. R&B ballad, 35 Years, is really well crafted with a cool hook, smooth melody and nicely blended instrumentation. Obvious radio track. Kenny Burrell's Chitlins Con Carne is a real slick Latin flavored instrumental with JD's harp work on spotlight. Tyler, Alex and Thomas' soloing make this my favorite track on the release. Funky rocker, Do You No Wrong, has a real nice feel with Tyler, Alex and Thomas stepping up with strong contributions. This release is evenly strong. Bluesy ballad, Smoke Rings, is a really nice spotlight for JD's super vocal contributions, surrounded by piano and B3 and complimented by his own mellow harp work. Very nice. Alex and Tyler again step up with soulful contributions on guitar making this a solid entry to the releases top tracks. Backing way off into a stripped down acoustic like feel, Health Insurance Blues, features JD's vocals and harp complimented primarily by acoustic rhythm. Uptempo and simple, a tight little blues number. Shuffle track, Wanna Be Your Loving Man, has strong bones and light glistening guitar chords under a proud blues harp sound and a crisp electric solo gives this track it fuel. Very nice. Kicking down the doors, Big Pimpin Sugar Daddy Romeo, has attitude to spare with snarling guitar riffs and a ass kicking bottom. Thomas steps up with a nice B3 lead of his own, Alex and Tyler each throw down on guitar, and JD closes it up. Smokin. Wrapping the release is a fire breathing instrumental, Jackson, with super harp paired with flaming guitar riffs. Stilladog... right up your alley. Excellent closer!

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