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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Rip Cat records artist: John Clifton - Nightlife - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Nightlife, from John Clifton and it's solid gold blues. Opening with Charlie Musselwhite's Strange Land, John Clifton on lead vocal, harp and guitar, joined by Scott Abeyta on guitar, Matt Moulton on bass, John Shafer on drums and Brian Szopinski on piano set a solid old style groove. Lee Moses' excellent soul number, Sad About It is up next and Clifton's really plays it to the hilt. The band really sits on this one making it one of my favorites on the release. Little Walter's Long As I Have You is another top track with excellent vocals, super harp and excellent guitar soloing by Abeyta. Very nice. Cool original track, Swamp Dump has a smooth Latin blues feel with a nice tandem harp/guitar melody and easy rhythm. Jump track, How About That is an excellent instrumental with a driving bass line fluid lead guitar work along the lines of Gatemouth Brown and hot harp work leading the way. Very cool. Blues rocker, No Better Time Than Now, has a cool funky bass line and stylistic harp work that propels this track nicely. Wrapping the release is Every Now And Again, a slower blues but not without a sweet guitar solo to top off a really strong release.



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