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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Michael Hornbuckle - SoulRepo - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, SoulRepo from Michael Hornbuckle and it's cool. Opening with Sweat, a bluesy rocker, Michael Hornbuckle on guitar and lead vocals is joined by Andras Csapo on harp, Jeff Andrews on bass and Desmond Washington on drums paving a nice groove. Me & Melody adds a bit of pop to the mix with a snappy drum riff and a certain melodic hook, reinforced by Alexander "Ace" Baker. With a bit of led in his boots and some funk in his foot, Hornbuckle lays out one of the coolest tracks on the release with a great beat. Sarah Snead on backing vocals adds nice texture and Hornbuckle's own guitar and vocals really hit the spot. Very nice! Bluesy ballad, Risin' Sun is really nicely written with soulful vocals over arpeggiated guitar chords. One of the most soulful guitar solos on the release also makes this one of my absolute favorites on the release. Candle For Mary is another soulful rocker with not only supple vocals but tasty guitar riffs. My absolute favorite track on the release, Angel, is a super soul track with a beautiful melody and smooth smooth feel. Hornbuckle shows his vocal range and also nice dynamics on the guitar. Excellent! Wrapping the release is Backseat, an easy blues shuffle. With Jeff Andrews on bass and Dave Fox on drums this track has a nice pace like Watching the River Flow or Key To The Highway. Csapo sets out a nice piano/organ solo and Hornbuckle sends it home. Nice conclusion to a solid release.

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