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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Provogue Records artist: Gary Hoey - Dust & Bones - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Dust & Bones, from Gary Hoey, and it's cool. Opening with blues power rocker, Boxcar Blues you get a strong taste of Hoey with a blend of Zep and Paul Rogers. Hoey leads the charge on electric slide and vocal backed by Matt Scurfield on drums and AJ Pappas. Strong. Next up is Who's Your Daddy, a fleet shuffle with the guitar finesse of Skynyrd's,I Know A Little, and driving boogie riffs on bass and drums. Very nice. Born To Love You has the strong drive that I associate with Foghat or Procol Harem blended with ZZ Top rocker. With a great rock style and fluid guitar runs, this disc smokes. Slowing things down a bit, title track, Dust & Bones, has more of a 90's rock feel with ballad like lines and clean guitar melody. Steamroller is a tribute to Johnny Winter with a driving drum and bass line under Hoey on slide (think Mean Town Blues). Solid blues rocker! Lita Ford shares the mic with Hoey on ballad, Coming Home. A well written radio style track, this one could easily get broad radio play. Ghost Of Yesterday is a nice rocker with traces of early Robin Trower but with a stylized turn of the century twist. A power rocker, this track really gives Hoey the opportunity to show his guitar riffs with vocal harmonies softening the edge. Another solid ballad, This Time Tomorrow, shows Hoey's finesse as a vocalist with shimmery chords under his nicely executed blues rock guitar lead. Shuffle track, Back Up Against The Wall, may be the most deliberate blues track on the release with relaxed vocals and soloing. Blind Faith is a lead footed blues rocker with super slide blues lead. With it's heavy bottom and slippery slide, this is a cool track. Wrapping the release is a super charged instrumental, Soul Surfer, with a blues bottom (think Otis Rush) overlaid with surf formatting with glistening chords and rapid blues riffs. I like both genres so this track is a home run! Excellent closer for a strong release.

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