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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

EllerSoul Records artist: Rev. Billy C. Wirtz - Full Circle - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Full Circle, from Rev. Billy C. Wirtz and it's a blast. Opening with a Rock n Roller, Too Old, Wirtz takes the lead on piano and vocal with great flair. Joined by Mark Wenner on smoking harp, Mark Stutso on drums, Johnny Castle on bass, and with Paul Bell ripping some hot riffs, this is a great opener. On Smokie, Part 2, a swinging boogie, Wirtz and Bob Driver on guitar lays down some really nice instrumental lines. One Point Five is a clever track about not being number one in someone's life but the alternatives that aren't all bad. With it's country flavor and some cool country riffs, this is funny. With it's stripped down piano accompaniment, Mama Was A Deadhead, Wirtz tells a clever story of the live of Dead fan's children. Another rock n roller, Rockin' Up To Gloryland has a great feel with a tight bottom and cool lead soloing by Bell and Wenner. With it's somber, ballad pace, Floyd Cramer's Your Last Goodbye is a real nice instrumental track featuring clean piano melody by Wirtz. Charlie Rich's Breakup is a real kicker with super pace and a driving rhythm. Rewritten lyrics to the Chi-Lites, Have You Seen Her, I'm A Senior makes light of the growing old and pulling no punches in a light hearted way. Another piano boogie, Wine Spo-Dee-o-Dee, written by Stick McGhee is a natural for Wirtz with his piano style featuring Bob Driver on guitar, Steve Riggs on bass, a cool guitar solo by Paul Bell and super harp by Li'l Ronnie Owens. Another sacrilegious track, Mennonite Surf Party is a cool piano boogie with stinging guitar riffs and piano to compliment it's vocal attack. Excellent! John Butler's The Hand Of The Almighty pulls no punches at all and tells it straight. (Stilladog, this is for you). This is a really strong release front to back. If a little crudity offends you, better shy away but if you like it in the spirit that it was delivered, this is a super release.

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