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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Ross Osteen Band - Williwaw - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Williwaw, by Ross Osteen Band, and it's quite good. Opening with Muddy Waters' Mannish Boy, Osteen who handles guitar and lead vocal doesn't hold back. He howls out the lyrics like they had never been sung and his slide guitar riffs are fat. Backing Osteen id Patrick Gaynor on crisp drums and the thumping thunder of Jim Vint on bass. very cool. Show Her is a lumbering blues number with solid vocals and dynamic spacing to allow planet of room for Osteen's guitar work. Very nice. In John Lee Hooker style, Little Rooster is a great boogie with a stripped down feel. Vint's bass drives the train, Gaynor's snare work accents the rhythm and Osteen taunts himself vocal and guitar response. Very cool. Nighttime is a great jam over a Bo Diddley beat spurred on by Gaynor. Osteen's slide work is relentless. Wrapping the release is an interesting composition called Jellyfish Jam. It has a solid bottom from Vint and Gaynor over which Osteen lays down a rally interesting guitar composition... not bluesy...but really cool with effects. Cool closer. 

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