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Friday, October 20, 2017

Ruf Records artist: Savoy Brown - Witchy Feelin' - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Witchy Feelin', from Savoy Brown and it's quite good. Opening with Why Did You Hoodoo Me, Kim Simmonds is back, better than ever with Pat Desalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums. With a pounding bass rhythm and some of the most scorching riffs to come off of Simmonds guitar on record in a long time, this track rocks! There's something about a Gibson humbucker and a Marshall amp that just has that tone and Simmonds has it. Title track, Witchy Feelin', is a somber, dark blues number with light backing highlighting Simmonds vocals and exceptional soloing. Very nice. Gun Slinger kicks it into gear with modern boogie style. With a droning bass line and raw, saturated guitar tone Simmonds uses this basis to deliver one of the best rockers of modern Savoy Brown's history. Standing In A Doorway is a solid, old school blues style number with sweet slide work with tone not unlike Ron Wood on the Stones Love In Vain. This may be my favorite Savoy Brown track in many years.  Excellent! Memphis Blues is a blues rocker with a solid bottom. With Simmonds' signature rock slide sound and some of the best vocals on the release, you can hear a clear tie to his records of the 70's. Very nice. Another of my favorite tracks on the release is Thunder, Lightning & Rain with it's droning boogie bass line and extended guitar soloing. Brilliant! Wrapping the release is Close To Midnight, an enticing instrumental with a smooth, mellow melody and clean guitar riffs. This is the strongest Savoy Brown offering in a number of years. I am excited to hear Kim sound so inspired.





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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Blue Dot Records artist: Wee Willie Walker and The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra - After A While - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, After A While, from Wee Willie Walker and The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra and it's really strong. Opening with Second Chance, a cool R&B track featuring Walker on lead vocal, backed by Anthony Paule on guitar, Paul Olguin on bass, Tony Lufrano on keys, Derrick "D'Mar" Martin on drums and vibes, Tom Poole on trumpet, Derek James on trombone, Charles McNeal on tenor sax, Johnnie Bamont on bari sax and flute, and featuring Loralee Christensen, Larry Batiste and Glenn Walters on backing vocals. Title track, After A While is a particularly soulful track and Walker really digs in vocally. Of particular note is the warmth of the horn section especially the rich tenor work of McNeal and the throaty bari work by Bamont. Slick, R&B track, I Don't Want To Take A Chance, has solid radio potential with Walkers effortless lead and nicely presented backing vocals. Thanks For The Dance has a Tex Mex feel with cool "south of the border" guitar styling by Paule. It's all about the bass groove on If Only with it's effect on your feet (and your seat). Another standout track is Look What You've Done To Me with rumbling tom toms by D'Mar and a slick muted trumpet solo by Poole. Easy paced, I Don't Want To Know, has great vocal posture and Paule's laid back guitar riffs add just the right amount of zip. Funky, The Willie Walk is my favorite track on the release with a great bass line, full horn compliment, featuring a great solos on trombone from James, on trumpet by Poole, on sax byBamont and on organ by Lufrano. Excellent! Wrapping the release is the soulful, Your Good Thing (Is About To End). Walker's vocals are rich with soul, backed by gospel like vocals by Christiansen, Baptiste and Walters and soaked in rich blues guitar riffs by Paule. This is an excellent closer for a really solid release. 

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Catfood Records artist: Johnny Rawls - Waiting For The Train - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Waiting For The Train, from Johnny Rawls and it's solid. Opening with pumped up R&B track, Rain Keep Falling ("Till I'm Free) with Rawls on lead vocals backed by Johnny McGhee on guitar, Bob Trenchard on bass, Richy Puga on drums, Dan Ferguson on keys, and the super horn section of Andy Roman on sax, Mike Middleton on trumpet, Nick Flood on sax and Joel Chavarria on trombone. Las Vegas has a slick groove and tight trumpet accents. Rawls vocals are pure backed by Janelle Thompson and Shakara Weston on vocals. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Bobby Womack's I'm In Love with it's warm melody, smooth guitar solo and nicely blended backing vocals. Bob Dylan's I Shall Be Released gets a fine makeover with smooth lead vocals and beautiful backing vocals over a polished and nicely orchestrated melody. Very nice. We Did It is a bright R&B track with a super feel and a feel that is just right with cool percussion by Jon Olazabal added to the horn mix and tight vocals. Wrapping the release is Stay With Me, a warm bluesy ballad with light electric piano, super lead vocals by Rawls and excellent backing vocals by Thompson and Weston. This is a very nice closer for a cool release.



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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

VizzTone Label Group artist: Ilana Katz Katz - Subway Stories - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Subway Stories, by Ilana Katz Katz and it's a big slice of blues, jazz and Americana all rolled into one. Opening with Boogie track, Don't Forget, Ilana Katz Katz, vocals and fiddle, is joined by ex Canned Heat guitar player and producer, Barry Levenson, Mike Sandberg on drums and Hank Van Sickle on bass. On 12 bar blues number, Subway Blues, Sugar ray Norcia adds his special harp work to the tasty riffs of Levenson and Ilana for one of the more solid of the blues tracks on the release. Motherless Child gets a real soft handling and with it's warm guitar chords, intense blues guitar lines somber violin work and child like innocence on vocals shines as one of my favorite tracks on the release. With it's jazzy slant, Roosevelt Sykes' Ice Cream Freezer Blues features Anthony Geraci on piano and has some of the hottest guitar riffs (and bawdy lyrics) on the release. Super groove, Requiem, is a real nice instrumental jazzy duet featuring Levenson and Ilana over tight drums and bass. Very nice. Instrumental shuffle track, The Excuse, gives Levenson and Ilana a super opportunity to lay out fluid solos over a super blues riff. Wrapping the release is a strong jig (or reel) John Brown's Dream/Subway Light of Mine which along with having great tempo and a great closer is my favorite track on the release.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

The Blues Overdrive - Overdrive Live! - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Overdrive Live! from The Blues Overdrive and it's really solid. Recorded at one of Denmark's biggest and most prestigious festivals, Smukfest, TBD opens with Death On The Highway with it's laid back JJ Cale or Eric Clapton style country blues rocker feel. Martin Olsen fronts the band on lead vocal and guitar with Brother Birck on bass, Louisian Boltner on drums and Andreas Andersen on lead guitar. On shuffle track, Three Time Lover, the band gets a cool groove going with extended soloing by Andersen. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Ball & Chain (not Big Mama's) but with a strong San Francisco sound, lush ringing chords and interesting guitar work by Andersen under Olsen's vocals. Very nice. With a touch of hill country sound and a heavy bass rhythm, Bob Dylan's High Water (For Charley Patton) is a really strong track that really draws me in. Excellent! With a straight up rhythm, Everybody Was Rocking has the spirit of early rock and roll well endowed with slick rock n roll guitar riffs. With a Latin flavor, Cherry, the band starts out quiet with vocal, bass, easy guitar riffs, cymbal and tom tom but builds steam winding the guitar out as it goes developing a real nice tension. Wrapping the release is smoking boogie, I Was Wrong, with a cool walking bass line, a super guitar jam and some of the best vocals on the release. This is a really nice closer and one that leaves you wanting more.


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Friday, October 13, 2017

VizzTone Label Group artist: Jimmy Carpenter - Plays The Blues - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Plays The Blues, from Jimmy Carpenter, and it's cooking. Opening with Magic Sam's You Belong To Me, and it's puffing smoke like Jr Walker. Saxman/vocalist, Carpenter really steps out on this release with authentic R&B style sax with Mike Zito on guitar accented nicely by Tony Diteodoro on guitar, Matthew Johnson on drums, Bob Bridges on bass and Marc Adams on keys. Jimmy Plays The Blues is an excellent soulful blues in the style of T Bone Walker. Using Carpenter's sax as the lead instrument, wailing out the melody, this track is hot. Solid shuffle track, Blues With A Feeling features tight guitar riffs and nice piano work paving the way for singing sax solo work by Carpenter. Freddie King's Surf Monkey has that great 60's vibe with Zito playing against Carpenter on lead lines. Very cool. Otis Rush's All Your Love has great feel with nice tom tom work by Johnson and shimmery guitar work by Zito. This track features Carpenter's best vocals on the release as well as some real nice sax work of course. Wrapping the release is Jr Walker's Shotgun, an R&B classic. An extended sax solo by Carpenter is just the ticket to cap this super closer to a solid release.



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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Purple Pyramid Records artists: Otis - Eyes Of The Sun - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Eyes Of the Sun, from Otis and it's blues rock with a swift kick.  Opening with funky rocker, Change, Otis ( Andrew Gilpin on drums and vocals, Steve Jewell on guitar and vocal, John Seeley on bass and vocal and Boone Froggett on vocal and guitar) cuts a broad swath with their southern flavored sound. Always maintaining a solid bottom and well blended backing vocals, this band makes it's living on strong lead vocals, a power packed sound and cool slide. On Blind Hawg, lead vocalist Froggett kicks it up another notch with throaty vocals and full bore guitar tones, a rumbling bass line and power drums give this track it's signature and cool slide work it's signature. Cool drone note intro over rim shots gives Home a Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Van Halen feel with a definite southern rock swagger. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Shake You with stinging guitar riffs and a great rhythmic pace. Bluesy ballad, Turn To Stone, has a real nice melody and the edginess of Frogett's vocals give it a certain rawness. Complex guitar tones and blues bends in tandem give it a distinct familiarity yet freshness. With Steppenwolf attitude and a gritty edge, Lovin' Man is a great blues rocker with finger in your chest guitar bite. Very cool. Wrapping the release is Let Your Love Shine Down, an R&B based track with warm Hammond work by Eddie Stone, Dickey Betts influenced guitar duet and backing vocals by Sandra Dye and Bianca Byrd. Certainly one of the universally appealing tracks on the release, this could easily get cross station airplay. A solid closer for a solid release. 

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cleopatra Records artist: Arthur Adams - Look At What The Blues Has Done For Me! - New Release Review

I just has the opportunity to review the most recent release, Look At What The Blues Has Done For Me!, from Arthur Adams and it's a soul saturated 2 disc release. Opening with You Pullin' My Leg, a cool blues shuffle Adams on lead vocal and guitar, James Gadson on on drums, Hense Powell on keys and Brian Simpson on bass. With a real nice lope, No Refunds is great track with a 50's feel. Fluid guitar lead and a solid bottom makes this on of the best new tunes on the release. One of my favorites, Low Down And Dirty has a BB King feel, showing some of Adams' best vocals and tight guitar riffs with added punch on sax by Bill Bergman and Lee Thornberg on trumpet. Very nice. Deep blues flows on Leftover  From Yesterday, with soulful vocals, crisp lead guitar lines and warm blues rhythm. Nice. Closing disc one, is R&B track, Gorgeous, with it's smooth feel and solid vocals. Every disc needs to have a radio track and this is it.

Disc 2 is an introduction to Adams' work featuring selections from 4 studio releases from the 70's as well as  a bonus single from the 80's. I Gotta Help My People is a real cool track that has sounds like Curtis Mayfield and Neil Young. With a powerhouse feel, instrumental Keep On Dancing, has a taste of Ike and Tina with a hard driving groove, a cool trumpet solo and horn punctuation. Beale Street has a super party feel with great bass lines and super vocal blending over a tight drum rhythm and cool horn work. A particular standout track on disc 2 has a great War sound with a funky bottom and female vocals charged by driving drums, trumpet and bluesy guitar work. Wrapping the release is You Got The Floor, a swirling dance track with thumping bass, dance drums and warmly blended vocals. This is a cool, bluesy soul release with a broad selection of cool tracks.


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Signature Sounds artist: Eilen Jewell - Down Hearted Blues - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Down Hearted Blues, from Eilen Jewell and it's quite good. Opening with It's Your Voodoo Working, a classic Charles Sheffield number with a great mix of R&B and surf. Great vibrato style on guitar by Jerry Miller nicely compliments Eilen Jewell's crystal clear vocals with a super bluesy drawl over Jason Beek on drums and Shawn Supra on bass. Excellent opener! Milton Leeds' Another Night To Cry has real nice quiet and smooth warm guitar chords. With T-Bone Walker like riffs and clever lead pronounced against the distinctively upright bass, this track smells of class. Title track, Alberta Hunter's Down Hearted Blues has a great timeless feel with airy vocals in the styling of Memphis Minnie (or Maria Muldair). Miller and Jewell's acoustic guitar work, nicely complimented by Supra's bass and Beek's washboard gives it a great retro feel. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Albert Washington's You Gonna Miss Me with solid vocals, heavy sax tension by Curtis Stigers, lead bass by Supra and nicely styled guitar work by Miller. Excellent! Frankie Lee Sims' (Lightning Hopkins' cousin) Walking With Frankie has a raw characteristic that I really like with vocals in the manner of Hill Country Jesse Mae Hemphill and loose slung rockin guitar work by Miller. Very very cool! Big Maybelle's Don't Leave Poor Me has great movement with contemporary vocal styling and great guitar styling over tom tom. Great! Willie Dixon's You Know My love has really soulful vocals, solid sax and super guitar riffs. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Fiddlin' John Carson's The Poor Girls Story, a nice country blues featuring Jonah Shue on violin, and acoustic guitar backing allowing Jewell to shine on vocal for a super conclusion to a really strong release.



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Monday, October 9, 2017

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominates Sister Rosetta Tharpe!

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominates Gospel Great &
The Godmother of Rock and Roll Sister Rosetta Tharpe!
Northport N.Y. - We at M.C. Records are just thrilled that legendary Gospel and guitar great Sister Rosetta Tharpe has been nominated for the Class of 2018 by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! It happened almost 15 years after we released our recording Shout Sister Shout, A Tribute To Sister Rosetta Tharpe. You can listen and radio can download the Tribute by clicking the cover!

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was one of the most important musicians of the 20th century.


* Sister was the 1st gospel performer to record for a major record label (Decca) 1938

 
* Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Issac Hayes and Aretha Franklin;
All considered her a great influence


* Her recordings sold millions of copies throughout her career including Strange Things Happening Every Day, Up Above My Head, Down By The Riverside and Rock Me (title of a feature film in the works).

 
* Was one of only two Gospel artists to make records for the troops during WW II.
 
* In 1951 Sister Rosetta's wedding took place at Griffith Stadium inWashington D.C.. Over 20,000 paying customers attended, and a concert was recorded and later released as an album.

* During the 1960’s she would tour the U.K. and Europe influencing a generation of young rockers with her wild guitar style.
A full bio can be found by clicking her photo

It was 16 Years ago, when Mark Carpentieri started putting together M.C. Records' Tribute recording for SisterRosetta Tharpe.  Things were quite different than today, Sister was mostly forgotten. In 2001, few albums were available and most were imports. I was so glad many artists wanted to right that wrong including Bonnie Raitt, OdettaPhoebe SnowJoan Osborne, Marcia BallMaria Muldaur and sister’s long-time partner Marie Knight
 
In the 21st century things would be different!

* In 2007 - Gayle Wald's Shout, Sister, Shout! The Untold Story of Rock‑and‑Roll biography came out.
 
* In 2008 – After a campaign led by Bob Merz, the Governor of Pennsylvania declares January 11 Sister Rosetta Tharpe Day. That evening, a benefit concert is held at Philadelphia’s Keswick Theater to support the purchase of a marker for Rosetta’s gravesite. The concert features the Dixie Hummingbirds, Odetta, Marie Knight

In 2011 – A historical marker is installed in front of Rosetta house on Master Street in Philadelphia. A celebration accompanies its unveiling.

In 2014 Sister Rosetta Tharpe was the subject of a PBS Masters Series. 

 
2016 –  The musical Marie and Rosetta is performed in New York City and more cities will be added.
 
2017 – The musical Shout Sister Shout is performed in Pasadena.
 
Sister Rosetta has four videos with over 1 million views

Up Above My Head
 from 1964’s TV Gospel Time has over 10 million views worldwide, you can check it out by clicking the photo. 
 

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Guitar Master Ronnie Earl Set to Release New CD, "The Luckiest Man", on November 17 from Stony Plain Records

Guitar Master Ronnie Earl Set to Release New CD, The Luckiest Man, on November 17 from
Stony Plain Records
 Stony Plain Records proudly announces the November 17 release of the latest CD from multi Blues Music Award-winning guitarist Ronnie Earl and his band, the Broadcasters, The Luckiest Man. Ronnie Earl calls the album, “A traditional blues album of remembrance, love, and unwavering resolve to live with faith and gratitude.” The new disc was recorded at Woolly Mammoth Studios, Waltham, Mass.; Keep the Edge Studio, Quincy, Mass.; and in Groton, Mass.

Listen to a sample of The Luckiest Man here: http://bit.ly/WatchLuckiestMan
On The Luckiest Man, Ronnie and the Broadcasters, both current as well as some of the earliest members, contribute to the new album, which follows the sudden loss of Jim Mouradian, the band’s beloved bass player following a show in January. Mouradian was also a respected guitar luthier, family man and a gentleman. This musical journey through loss and healing can be felt in the hauntingly beautiful “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” and in Ronnie’s tender tribute to his brother on “Jim’s Song.” Life moves ever onward in the pulse and beat of “Heartbreak,” and faith takes hold in “Never Gonna Break My Faith.” For the song, “Long Lost Conversation,” Ronnie is reunited with some of the earliest Broadcasters and current members of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, who were on his first albums in 1983, all of whom contributed to this truly being a family band project: Sugar Ray Norcia – vocals, harp; Anthony Geraci – piano; Mike Welch – guitar; Neil Gouvin – drums; Michael "Mudcat" Ward – double bass & Fender bass.

The title of the album, The Luckiest Man, is a phrase and response spoken by Jim Mouradian who always lived with gratitude in his heart and who never wasted a moment of his life: “I’m the luckiest man you know — and I don’t even know who you know.” 

Besides the original songs on The Luckiest Man, Ronnie Earl puts his own, indelible stamp on interpretations of “Ain’t That Loving You,” “So Many Roads” and “You Don’t Know What Love Is.”

In addition to Ronnie Earl on guitar, the Broadcasters include Dave Limina – piano and Hammond B3; Diane Blue – vocals; Forrest Padgett – drums; and Paul Kochanski – bass. Guest musicians on the new disc also include Nicholas Tabarias – guitar; Mark Earley – baritone sax;
Mario Perrett – tenor sax; and Peter Ward – guitar.

They say that you can’t keep a good man down and that inner resolve is both heard and felt within each song on The Luckiest Man, Ronnie Earl’s twenty-fifth album and his eleventh on Stony Plain Records. Since 1983, Ronnie Earl has released a series of traditional blues albums, often interlaced with jazz, gospel and soul offerings; however he has always returned home to his “mother music” which is traditional blues. Ronnie Earl continues to be one of the most emotive blues guitarists today, whose musical voicings deal with loss and healing, gratitude and love, compassion and passion. Indeed, it is those emotional touchstones within his music, which is so beautifully reflected in the swirl of colors expressed in artist Tom Noll’s painting of Ronnie on the cover.

The Luckiest Man confirms Ronnie Earl's status as one of the most soulful blues/soul/jazz guitarists working today. He is a three-time Blues Music Award winner as “Guitar Player of the Year,” a DownBeat magazine winner for “Blues Album of the Year,” an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music and has taught at the National Guitar summer workshop in Connecticut. 





The Luckiest Man Track Listing

1.      Ain’t That Loving You           5:38
Don D. Robey, Manitou Music (Canada)
2.      Southside Stomp         4:13
Ronnie Earl, Mr. Earl Publishing, BMI
3.      Death Don’t Have No Mercy 6:00
Gary Davis, Chandos Music Company
4.      Jim’s Song       3:00
Ronnie Earl, Mr. Earl Publishing, BMI
5.      Heartbreak (It’s Hurtin’ Me)  6:43
Jon Thomas & Carlee Hoyless, Songs of Universal Inc.
6.      Howlin’ Blues 4:11
Traditional arranged and adapted by Ronnie Earl, Mr. Earl Publishing, BMI          
7.      Never Gonna Break My Faith            5:25
Andrea Remanda, Eliot John Kennedy & Bryan Adams, Remandamusic & Badams Music Limited
8.      Long Lost Conversation         10:15
R. Norcia, Norcia Publishing, BMI
9.      Sweet Miss Vee          4:16
Ronnie Earl, Mr. Earl Publishing, BMI
10.  Blues for Magic Sam  5:24
Ronnie Earl, Mr. Earl Publishing, BMI
11.  So Many Roads          10:52
Paul Marshall, Arc Music Corporation

12.  You Don’t Know What Love Is                     4:04
Fenton Robinson, Eyeball Music

Wildcat O'Halloran - Hot Pulldown - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Hot Pulldown, from Wildcat O'Halloran and it's tasty. Opening with shuffle tune, Hot Pulldown, Wildcat opens strong with 3 plus minutes of guitar slaying guitar akin to Bishop's Tulsa Shuffle joined by Joe Fitzpatrick on drums.  Excellent! On Latin fueled, Shaped Like A Woman, O'Halloran leads the way on vocal and guitar, backed by Matt McManamon on bass, Fitzpatrick on drums and Wally Greaney on harp. Bluesy guitar riffs and cool harp lead really compliment the drum rhythms nicely. Emily Duff adds warm sax work to soulful R&B number, Sherlock Holmes with clever lyrics and well phrased blues riffs from Wildcat. On boogie track, 51 Right, 49 Wrong, Wildcat hits a super groove backed by Devin Griffiths on guitar and Ottomatic Slim on harp. Super! Jimmy Reed's Honest I Do is up next and it's really cool Retaining Reed's arrangement, Wildcat's own guitar work, vocals and harp work sound great. Stripping it back to a more traditional sound, Lightning Hopkins' Prison Blues shows strong blues sense and nice percussive attach on acoustic guitar as Wildcat accompanies his own vocals. Grover Washington's Mr. Magic puts the spotlight on Duff's sax work with Ken Maiuri on keys but Wildcat shows he can play just about anything with sweet aggressive fusion solos. James Cotton's Here I Am has the classic Chicago sound as if it's about to pounce with Greaney on harp and rabid guitar riffs from Wildcat. Wrapping the release is Separate Words, a solid blues number featuring Wildcat on hot slide with David Griffiths. This is a hot closer for a really enjoyable release. 

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Chickenbone Slim and the Biscuits - The Big Beat - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Big Beat, from Chickenbone Slim and the Biscuits, and it's quite good. Opening with title track, The Big Beat, Chickenbone Slim is up front on vocal and guitar joined by Big Jon Atkinson on guitar and harp, Scot Smart on bass and Marty Dodson on drums. With that Tony Joe White feel, Long Way Down has a top notch groove. Loose guitar soloing really sets this track off making it one of my favorites on the release.  Long Legged Sweet Thing with it's unusual time signature on a solid blues base, bluesy harp and excellent drumming by Dodson, is like a strange combination of Steppenwolf and the Doors. Excellent! Chicago style blues number, Do You Like It has a really great groove and Slim's vocals are right in the pocket. Atkinson's harp work giving this track timeless appeal. Slow blues number, Me And Johnny Lee has solid vocals, with super harp riffs a nicely stylized guitar solo. With a funky bass bottom, Man Down is another of my favorites with just the right combination of snappy drum riffs and a tight guitar rhythm. Wrapping the release is shuffle track, Break Me Off A Piece with a really nice feel. Simple guitar rhythm, solid vocals and nice harp work are the ticket here making this a real nice closer for a solid release.



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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Double L Records artist: Lloyd Price - This Is Rock and Roll - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, This Is Rock And Roll from Lloyd Price and it's a funky R&B party. Opening with high stepper, I'm Getting Over You, Price, Mr Personality, lays out a softer version of ZZ Tops classic boogie. Nobody Loves Anybody Anymore has a solid funk sound with plucky bass and tight horns.  R&B track, The Smoke has glistening keyboards and sounds like it could be straight off of a Johnny Guitar Watson release (sans JGW). Our World has a "Mayfield" feel with wah wah guitar rhythm and vocal blending.  Blues rocker, This Is Rock And Roll, is classic Jimmy Reed with scorching guitar work and clear piano roll under Price's solid vocals. The Four Tops' I Can't Help Myself gets a modern make over with solid bari sax soloing and female backing vocals. Fat's Domino's I'm Walkin' gets a power makeover ...big band swing style with a walking bass line, excellent sax work and rich backing vocals. Wrapping the release is Belly Movement, a track with a distinct middle eastern rhythm further elaborating on the theme with jazzier flute and modern bass techniques. Cool closer for an interesting release. 

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Sweet Bourbon - Night Turned Into Day - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Night Turned Into Day, by Sweet Bourbon and it's diversely cool. Opening with swamp rocker, 2nd Wallstreet, this 8 piece band shows true boogie lines. Led by Rene' von Onna on vocal, this band is moving featuring Martijn Cuypers on drums, Chris Janssen on guitar, Willem van der Schoof on keys and Sonja Walters, Susan Watteimena and Laura van der Vange on backing vocals. On shuffle track, Texas Woman, Janssen and van der Schoof really wind it out and vocal harmonies are tight. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Cool Down with it's funky rhythm and saturated guitar solo. Very cool! Got To Say Goodbye is another favorite track on the release with a David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust era quality that is hard to explain. I just like it. Bluesy ballad, Swan, has a strong melody and nicely blended vocals capped by a dynamic organ solo by van der Schoof. Wrapping the release is Enfants Terribles, a cool, funky fusion number featuring a hot lead guitar melody and continued keyboard lead by van der Schoof. Excellent closer.



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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Joel DaSilva - Everywhere From Here - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Everywhere From Here, by Joel DaSilva and it's strong. Opening with straight up rocker, Shake, Joel DaSilva shows influences of blues and rock roots in Sonny Boy Williamson and Led Zeppelin as well as country. Lead singer and guitarist shows his skill in both arenas firing stinging riffs to compliment his solid vocals. Great opener. Down In The Delta has a great lumbering pace with over driven vocals and soulful blues guitar riffs, over the bass of Robert Cleary, drums of Chris Peet and keys by Tom Regis. Super. A cool swing number, Cadillac Mama has a great lope and super double stop blues accents. Natasha Watkins' backing vocal contributions add a real nice touch and DaSilva feels like Anson. Very cool. With a bit more rock authority, This Day I Bleed has hard guitar bends and fiery riffs. Shuffle track, Spell On Me, hits a super groove and DaSilva is right on it. Tight, bluesy guitar riffs and snappy drum rhythms deliver this track. One of my favorite tracks on the release, Time Heals All Wounds, is pure deep blues and DaSilva digs deep for just the right phrases in this Elmore James based track. Excellent! Wrapping the release is My Brazillion Soul, a super Latin style track with strong drum work by Peet and percussion work by Rick Rico Geragi. The melody is served up on a silver platter by DaSilva's guitar making this an excellent closer for a strong release. 

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Tom Petty has passed - My thoughts are with his family

Tom Petty, the American rocker who fronted one of the country’s longest-running, most successful bands, is dead at 66, according to his longtime manager.
Petty had suffered cardiac arrest at his Malibu home early Monday morning “and was taken to UCLA Medical center but could not be revived,” Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, said in a statement on behalf of the musician’s family. “He died peacefully at 8:40pm PT surrounded by family, his bandmates and friends.”
The news came hours after TMZ first reported that Petty was found unconscious in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. CBS News later reported his death, but the outlet walked back that report as the Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement that it had no information on Petty’s passing. “Initial information was inadvertantly [sic] provided to some media sources,” the police department posted on Twitter. “However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting.” TMZ followed up with a post around 1:30 p.m. PST that Petty was “still clinging to life. A report that the LAPD confirmed the singer’s death is inaccurate.”

Panache Records artist: Kim Simmonds - Jazzin' On The Blues - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Jazzin' On The Blues, from Kim Simmonds, and it's quite good. Simmonds, well known front man for Savoy Brown, takes an occasional break from his band and does individual projects and this is a fine instrumental one. Opening with Dancing On A Memory, a smooth instrumental ballad, Simmonds accompanies himself on rhythm guitar as he plays fluid lead melody. Lightly salted blues riffs make this a grand opener. Theme For Deborah has a Latin percussion line thanks to Ron Keck and Simmonds dances across the strings. Very nice. Surrender is one of my favorites on the release with a soulful guitar melody, accompanied by acoustic rhythm guitar. Excellent! Title track, Jazzin' On The Blues, finds Simmonds rapid firing jazz riffs over a solid melody, capped by his own blues harp work. Another of my favorites is The Maze with it's Bo Diddley beat, tight guitar riffs and glistening chords. Another track with a Latin flavor, Nightliner, has strong jazz overtones. Simmonds really feels the rhythm on this one presenting a tight melodic number. T Bone Walker influenced, True Blue, is a beautiful blues number with lush lead lines complimented by his own harp work over solid bass and light rhythm guitar. Excellent! Wrapping the release is Facination, a fine ballad with a pure melody and simple rhythm backing. Simmonds has released a number of fine solo works and this one is among the best. 

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