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Friday, August 25, 2017

Paradise Kings - Controlled Burn - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Controlled Burn, from Paradise Kings and it's cool, tasteful rocker. Opening with '69 Chevy, Jeff Gring opens the pace with stylized rock n roll guitar riffs joined by George Lambert on drums, Michael Robertson on bass and Henry Garrett on lead vocals. Cool swingin' track. On shuffle track, I'd Sing The Blues If I Had 'Em, Garrett leads the way and Gring's riffs are crisp and playful. On Hooker influenced, Three Strikes, the band gets into a super R&B groove with a really nice guitar line. Definitely one of my favorites on the release. On Patience, a slower blues, it's the soulful vocals of Garrett, warm key lines of Chris Ulep and nice bluesy guitar soloing of Gring that makes this track really sail. Wrapping the release is shuffle track, Money Ain't My Friend, grinding into the blues straightaway. Rugged vocals by Garrett and solid drum contribution by Lambert really give this track it's spine and Gring's double stop leads pushed by Robertson make this an excellent closer for a solid release.



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