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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

VizzTone Label Group: Billy Walton Band - Soul Of A Man - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Soul of a Man, by the Billy Walton Band and it's polished. Opening with radio track, Save The Last Dance, Billy Walton on lead vocal and guitar puts this new release into motion. Backed by William Paris on bass and vocal and Johnny D'Angelo on drums. On high energy, I Don't Know, D'Angelo really snaps the drums and horn backing by Matt Fischer, Ian Gray and Frank Rein on trombone; Jon Shaw, Sean Marks, Tom Petraccaro and Joey Stann on sax and Rick Rein on trumpet really punch the track up. It's Paris' bass line that stands out on Hell n Highwater giving Walton a solid floor to lead the way. It Ain't True is a throw back rocker combining classic early 60's rock with the Ramones' simplicity. Possibly my favorite track on the release with pop lyrics and easy guitar lead. Walton steps up with flashy lead guitar on Poison Pill, a ballad based blues number. keyboard work by Eric Safka and Sam Sherman sets a super backing and trombone fill sets the guitar solo off nicely. Minglewood has a real nice "Neil Young" feel to it and the addition of slashing guitar riffs by Walton makes it another of my favorites on the release. Wrapping the release is Days Like These in a quiet blues like setting featuring Jack Gist on harmonica, balanced with Walton's acoustic guitar and vocals. 

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