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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

King Bee & The Stingers - Meet Me In Memphis - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Meet Me In Memphis, by King Bee & The Stingers featuring lead vocalist, Sarah Menefee who's vocals are dripping with soul. Opening with You're All I Need, a cool R&B track with a fat horn laden bottom by Tom Clark, The Stingers show light footed prowess with Mark Menefee on harmonica, DK Buchanan on guitar, Buddy Mitchell on drums and Ken meadows on bass. Rolling blues number, Half A Mind has a romping rhythm with Mark showing his harp chops and giving Buchanan a clear path for some tight riffs of his own. Title track, Meet Me In Memphis is one of my favorites on the release with Sarah showing the richness of her lower octave. With only a minimal of backing, Mark's harmonica seems to hang in the air like smoke and Mary Druin's guitar soloing slices cleanly. Very nice. Another favorite on the release is an interesting rework of Howlin Wolf's Smokestack Lightning. I really like Sarah's vocal styling on this track with solid attack and control. Very cool. Rock n roller, Buzz a While has a springy rhythm and gets your foot tapping. Big Mama's Hound Dog gets a smoldering Latin flavored rework and Sarah and Mark really work it over. Reverb saturated guitar work by Buchanan gives the track a loose feel over the snappy drum work of Mitchell. Wrapping the release is Devil Train, a country blues rocker where Sarah's vocals actually sound quite like Chrissie Hynde. This is a cool closer for an interesting release. 

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