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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

JBR Records artist: James "Buddy" Rogers - By My Side - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, By My Side, from James "Buddy" Rogers and it's strong! Opening with Come Back To Me, a solid blues number with a super lope, Rogers had the lead on vocal and guitar establishing firm ground. With Freddie king like riffs and with solid backing from Slammin Mike Wedge on bass, James Hollywood Badger on drums and Lewis Stephens on keys, this is a great opener. On title track, By My Side, Rogers shows a smooth R&B style and his vocals are soulful and fitting. Stephens key board work is bright and clear nicely surrounding Rogers vocal phrasing. Very nice. On rocker, Can't Get You Off My Mind, Rogers had the solid drive of Chuck Berry but doesn't use and stereotypical riffs. His charge is direct and tight. Sweet ballad, You Belong, has an almost Eric Clapton feel with fresh, electric guitar riffs playing under the melody. Don Nix's Goin' Down is up next with a mix of Jeff Beck and Freddie King attacks. Rogers' guitar approach is new and interesting and the track still sounds fresh and compelling. Another blues rocker with a serious attitude, Hell To Pay, has a great swagger. Rogers plays his riffs prudently and with intent. Pop rocker, Runnin' is a cool track with a catchy hook. Albert King like guitar riffs (or Stevie Ray if you prefer) gives this track plenty of sting. Simple ballad, You & I, is quiet and radio geared. With it's solid melody and easy vocals, this track has all the elements of a hit. Am-Ola-Dora is a really cool and funky instrumental track that I'd say has a Freddie King beat. With it's bluesy, funky 60's, organ driven, Latin rhythm, this track soars. One of my favorite tracks on the release, this track is just too cool. Wrapping the release is another radio style track, Change, in the style of Peter Frampton. Nice melody, acoustic in nature with solid vocals, this track is a perfect closer.

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