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Monday, June 4, 2018

Farmers Road Blues Band & Janice Harrington - Move On - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Move On, from Farmers Road Blues Band & Janice Harrington and it's got great spirit. Opening with James Cotton's I Ain't Doin Too Bad featuring Dirk Theege on slide and Janice Harrington on lead vocal and with Randolf Muhl on drums, Ralf Gehrt on keys, and Jens Bornhoft-Juhl. Dinah Washington's shuffle track, Salty Papa Blues has a great feel and a swinging sax solos from Helke Dorn and Olaf Barkow as well as a tight trumpet solo from Melf Uwe Holmer. Work Your Magic has real swagger with some of Harrington's best vocals and juicy sax work from Dorn and Barkow. Gehrt lays in some real nice piano strides, Holmer's trumpet phrasing is real nice  and Theege's guitar soloing is solid. Very nice. With a bouncy bass line and a jazzy guitar lead, Blues Rockin' has a cool groove. Moritz Kruit on guitar has a BB King approach to his soloing with fits nicely with the track, Gehrt's organ is tight and Barkow's sax sounds great. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Trouble with slick guitar work by Theege and strong vocals by Harrington. Very nice. Keep On Rockin' has a driving beat and a Booker T bottom with super frenzied guitar riffs from Theege. On R&B track, A Special Girl, Theege has the lead on vocal and it has a real nice snappy bottom courtesy of Muhl and gritty guitar work added to the warm horn work of Dorn Barkow and Holmer make this a special track. Harrington's Double Dynamite is a great shuffle with her power packed vocals and warm horn backing. Theege is tight on the beat with his guitar riffs and Dorn's sax work is solid. Wrapping the release is Robert Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago with a stripped down feel, featuring Jessy Martens, Harrington, Muhl and Theege on vocal and Kruit on guitar for a home style closer. Very nice.



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