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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Jimmie Bratcher - This Is Blues Country - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, This Is Blues Country, from Jimmie Bratcher and it's fresh. Opening with Hank Williams' Honky Tonk Blues, Jimmie Bratcher on guitar and vocal, adds a blues spin to this country classic joined by Aaron Mayfield on keys, Terry Hancock on drums and vocals and Larry Van Loon on B3 and Wurlitzer. Jimmie Davis' You Are My Sunshine gets a snappy jazz makeover putting in mind an arrangement by Passport. With hot drum work by Hancock and flashy guitar riffs, this track takes on a whole new life. Marty Robbins' Singing The Blues has a real nice groove, with a hot electric guitar solo and slide guitar work by Sean McDonald is great for added spice. Hank Snow's I Don't Hurt Anymore has a real contemporary ballad feel and Santana like guitar clarity definitely enhances it's appeal. Very nice. Jim Reeves' Am I That Easy To Forget is slowed way down and placed into a blues frame. It really sounds quite a bit like an Elvis Costello meets David Bowie. Very cool. Marty Robbins' Don't Worry About Me has a real cool blues lope but retains a country flavor with honky tonk piano and gains rock footing with a thick raw guitar solo. Low slung, Today I Started Loving You Again, a classic Merle Haggard track, has cool acoustic resonator slide and warm backing vocals. Wrapping the release is a New Orleans flavored I Can't Stop Loving You originally a track by Don Williams. Slinky blues guitar lead really sets this track off against Bratcher's signature vocals. This is a real cool arrangement of a country classic and an excellent closer for a really cool release. 

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