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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

American Showplace Music artists: The Bennett Brothers - Not Made For Hire - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Not Made For Hire, by The Bennett Brothers and I really like it. Opening with driving rocker, Junkyard Dog, with it's stone free rhythm, Jimmy and Peter Bennett storm in on guitar and bass respectively and lead vocals, backed by Lee Falco on drums and John Ginty on B3 and piano. Jimmy's guitar work is fluid and wailing and the bottom is tight and strong. Hold On Tight has more of a country two step feel with real nice slide work, and a perfect off beat cymbal stroke. Very nice. Bluesy, I Just Don't Want The Blues Today has a 60's San Francisco feel with rich tension and Linda Pino on backing vocal. Instrumental shuffle, Blues #9 has a nice swagger as Jimmy stretches out on guitar and Ginty lays down trademark riffs of his own. Very cool. Boogie track, Rocking Chair has a great walking bass line setting up a clear lane for Jimmy to open it up wide on slide. On How Long, the band does a pretty sweet "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac sound" with a Latin beat, glistening guitars and loads of space. Ginty also contributes with an inventive B3 run of his own. Very nice. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Walk With The Devil with the basic feel of the theme from The Wire (TV Show by Tom Waits).With it's Latin framework and stylistic guitar work, it's really nice. Wrapping the release is I Got A Woman, a straight up blues rocker with strong commercial appeal. Jimmy and John both lay down notable solo's and Peter and Lee hold it together nicely. This is a solid closer for a really solid release. 

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