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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Ghost Town Blues Band - Shine - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Shine, from Ghost Town Blues Band and it's a funky, bluesy, rock mix. Opening with rocker, Running Out Of Time, Matt Isbell on lead vocal and slide guitar sets up a radio ready track, backed by Taylor Orr on guitar and vocal, Kevin Houston on sax and vocal, Suavo Jones on trombone, trumpet and vocal, Matt Kramer on bass and vocal, Andrew Mc Neill on drums and vocals and Cedric Taylor on B3, piano and vocal. Title track, Shine, is a horn saturated soul flavored rocker with excellent drum accent and super guitar riffs.  My favorite track on the release is slinky, soul track, Lyin' To Yourself  with Isbell's strongest vocals on the release, warm B3 reinforcement and solid horn work by Jones. I particularly like Isbell's guitar lead on this track giving it a southern sparkle. Another of my favorites is High Again with it's straight forward melody, funky rhythm and "Allman signature twin lead" guitar work. With a soul strut, My Father's Son, has a real nice feel. Taylor's B3 creates a nice tension and Jones' horn work is spot on. Soulful ballad, Carry Me Home is another strong radio style track with a really nice melody and powerful vocal and guitar lead by Isbell. A bluesy B3 solo by Taylor and tight accent work by McNeill and Jones make this another of the top tracks on the release. Wrapping the release is soft spoken, Hey There Lucinda with it's poppy melody, warm vocal blending and slide guitar riffs by Isbell, giving it a polished finish. 

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