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Monday, January 22, 2018

Ruf Records artist: Ghalia & Mama's Boys - Let The Demons Out - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Let The Demons Out, from Ghalia & Mama's Boys. Yes, this is Johnny Mastro's Mama's Boys. Opening with  4AM Fried Chicken, a driving rock n roller, Ghalia Vauthier has that natural rockin vocal style and Mastro really rides tight on harp with Smokehouse Brown on guitar, Dean Zucchero on bass and Rob Lee on drums and percussion. Super opener. Press That Trigger is a cool track with traces of SB Williamson and Alvin Lee with a pinch of the Pretenders. Mastro's harp shows solid tone and Smokehouse's guitar riffs are sparse but cool. Blending a little contemporary styling into delta style blues, Addicition is a cool, mostly primitive blues track with Ghalia on vocal and slide guitar with only the basics of percussion by Lee and Mastro's harp filling the air. Very spatial. A great rocking boogie, All The Good Things is really infectious (like a boogie should be). Vauthier really winds it up vocally and Zucchero bass line sets up perfectly for Brown's British blues style guitar attack. Excellent. Vauthier really works, Little Willie John's I'm Shaking putting in a lot of emotion and Brown's guitar riffs are perfect. Shuffle track, Waiting has traditional Chicago blues bones with a nice solo by Mastro and shared vocal lead between Vauthier and Mastro. The killer on this track is Brown's smoking slide work. Stand back! See That Man Alone is a real nice blues based rocker with a heavy bottom. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Hiccup Boogie, a real John Lee Hooker style boogie with super pace. Vauthier sets the line vocally but it's Zucchero, Brown and Lee who deliver the goods on this cooker with maestro fanning the flames on harp. Super closer.



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