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Friday, February 3, 2017

The Lucas Haneman Express - Tearing Up The Rails - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Tearing Up The Rails, from The Lucas Haneman Express, and I quite like it. Opening with The Verdict, a poppy track with blues roots, Lucas Haneman fronts the band on lead vocal and guitar. He is firmly supported by Jeff Asselin on drums, Megan Laurence on backing vocal and Martin Newman on bass. Guest artist, Steve Marriner rips loose with a nice harp solo leading into a double time rip by Haneman on guitar and close. Give Me Life is a quick paced radio track with a snappy beat, vocal harmonies and some real nice guitar riffs. Calling the Blame has a real catchy melody and an infectious rhythm. Haneman shows his more jazzy side with some real nice guitar riffs on this track. Marriner is back on Run To You blowing some particularly bluesy harp riffs. With it's Howlin' Wolf basis, stinging guitar riffs and a dramatic delivery, this is one of my favorites on the release. Blind Man's Blues has the structure of a Blind Willie McTell or Elmore James tune but written in modern style. It's interesting to hear a totally modern interpretation of delta blues. Very cool. That's The Truth is a soulful ballad with strong blues overtones. Megan shines on lead vocal on this track and in duet with Lucas who takes a smoking guitar solo on this track punctuating it nicely. An unexpected cover of Steppenwolf's Magic Carpet Ride takes away the 70's edgy back beat and instead replaces it with a power pop rock beat but not without Haneman ripping a real nice guitar solo. Interesting. Wrapping the release is Working Band, a driving rocker with Newman on bass and Haneman on electric guitar trading riffs. Creating quite a bit of steam, Jesse Whiteley steps in on organ fanning the flames for a real nice close of a strong release.




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