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Friday, December 2, 2016

Levee Town - Takin' & Givin' - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Takin' & Givin' from Levee Town and it's got flavor. Opening with a country two stepper, title track, Takin' & Givin' shows nice vocal blending between Jacque Garoutte and Brandon Hudspeth who also throws down some cool guitar riffs, backed by Adam Hagerman on drums, Jacque Garoutte on bass & Chris Hazelton on Hammond. High Flyin' Mama is a cool funky rocker with a super bass line by Garoutte. This track is really smoking with hot Hammond work by Hazelton and Hudspeth on guitar. Warm loping blues, Kansas City Woman, features Jaisson Taylor on lead vocal and cool harp work by Jimmie Meade. Mr. Jameson is a cool swing track with fleet fingered guitar work by Hudspeth and cool backing vocals by Garoutte and Hudspeth over a cool walking bass line by Garoutte and slick piano riffs by Walser. Excellent! Walkin' Down The Road is a solid blues track with warm harmonies and clever guitar riffs over tight drum work. Driving blues rocker, You're So Hip, has the loose framework of Hip Shake with a cool boogie beat and solid bass line. Accented by gnarly guitar work and Hazelton on organ, this may be my favorite on the release. With Elmore James like slide riffs by Garoutte, Charlie Brown, has a great feel. Nicely articulated piano solo by Walser and cool harp by Meade gives this track even more texture. Slow blues number, Sunday Afternoon, has a lot of the feel of the early British blues of Clapton and Mayall. Featuring Jaisson Taylor on lead vocal, this track has plenty of room to groove with solos by Hudspeth and Meade. Very nice. Red hot, Letter To My Baby, has solid vocal work and especially nice guitar work by Hudspeth. Cool! Do-Si-Do is an interesting track with an unusual structure but nice roots in the blues. Accented by glistening guitar riffs and warm harp, a very cool track. Wrapping the release is El Grape with a super walking bass line and light fingered guitar work by Hudspeth. A really slick track to wrap a smooth and interesting release.

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