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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Scottie Miller Band - Stay Above Water - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Stay Above Water from Scottie Miller Band and it's a cool mix of blues, rock, R&B. Opening with shuffle track, Burned All My Bridges, Miller on lead vocal and keys is backed by Mark O'Day on drums, Patrick Allen on guitars and Dik Shopteau on bass. Keep This Thing Going has a funky feel with Larry McCabe on trombone, David Eiland on tenor sax, Scott Snyder on trumpet and John Croarkin on bari sax and special guest Ruthie Foster on vocal. Very nice. It Better Groove has a smooth R&B sound with great bottom by Croarkin. Slick piano and organ work by Miller and chicken style pickin' by Allen sets this track apart. Special ballad, Guardian Angel, has a real nice melody and features simple vocal and mandolin by Miller. One of my favorites on the release is Circles with a real nice funky groove. This track has a slow strut with popping bass, funky guitar, cool organ and nicely blended vocals. Very cool. Lumbering blues rocker, Come Along has a heavy format with just a taste of prog metal adding weight. Wrapping the release is acoustic number, Goodbye. A simple ballad with Miller on vocal and Allen on guitar, a nice closer for a nice release. 

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