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Friday, January 31, 2020

The Betty Fox Band - Peace In Pieces - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the new release, Peace in Pieces, from the Betty Fox Band and it's hot. Opening with rocker, Green Light, The Betty Fox Band shows soulful radio style. With full organ enrichment by Clayton Ivey and super backing vocals by Cindy Walker, Marie Levy and Fox, a solid opener. Marie is a really strong soul track with a beautiful melody and full horns by Brad Guin on sax, Ken Watters on trumpet over the vocal choir giving the track a rich gospel feel. A real nice guitar solo by Josh Nelms sets off the track but this one is a great showcase for the vocal strength of Fox. Excellent! Let Go Or Be Dragged is another really powerful track with a great rhythm line by Barry Williams on bass and Chris Peet on drums. One of the other promos that I saw compared Fox to Hart or James but I hear the style purity of Winehouse. This girl has real sass in her tone that I rarely hear. Another tight guitar solo by Nelms adds real spice. R&B style track, Sweet Goodnight further shows the depth of Fox's vocal richness with her band supporting her all the way with just the right amount of adornment. Spooner Oldham adds just the right glisten on keys and shimmering chords by Nelms nicely surround Fox's power. Very nice. Staying in the R&B stream but with the addition of tension, Magnificent Hallucination is a really cool. laid back tune where it seems that Fox just lays back and lets the track come to her. It's something that I've enjoyed Eryka Badu do at her best and Fox definitely has it. With strong Latin rhythms, Fox seems to be riding the flow, with her witchy seductive sound. Rhythmic tom toms by Peet and piano rhythms create a smooth bed for smooth guitar lead. Excellent! Rolling into shuffle track, Rising Strong, Fox gets more into a 50's jazz swing she's really cooking. The band is at full tilt and Nelms shows his chops with punchy horns behind. Very nice. Wrapping the release is gospel flavored,  'Til the Storm Passes By. Fox maintains a contemporary attack but Ivey's potent piano and organ work conveys the message and cements this final track. Love the cover by the way!

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