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Monday, March 30, 2020

Bill Blue - The King Of Crazy Town - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The King of Crazy Town, from Bill Blue and it's a full bodies slice of the blues. Opening with blues rocker, Do What I Say Don't Do What I Do, Billy Blue of guitar and lead vocal really kicks the jam. Geoffrey Lowe lays down a solid walking bass line, and Joey Marchiano keeps the bottom tight on drums. Super opener. On power packed, horn soaked, I Want It All, Blue not only says it, he screams it. Excellent drumming by Randy Morrow gives it a cool New Orleans flavor and an excellent horn section consisting of Rob Cutts on sax, Jason Chapman on trumpet, Adam Seely on bari and Karl Lyden on trombone seals the deal. Backing way down to a delta style blues on Hunker Down, Blue sings over a droning resonator guitar and harmonica by Bob Moughler. Very cool. Another favorite on the release is You Ain't Fun Anymore with a really cool, funky back beat, reinforced by snappy drumming by Morrow, cool key work by Ericson Holt, some real nice harmonica by Matt Backer, Blue's excited vocals and solid backing vocals by Lily Gonzales. Enough Blues To Give You The Blues has a great Latin rhythm driven by Claire Finley and the super slide work of Blue. Moughler sails on harmonica and warm backing vocals by Jill Cassell and Gonzales give this track a nice glow. Wrapping the release is instrumental,  Mojolation, with it's relentless slide work and pumped up horn section.



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