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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Dixon Landing Music artist: Alex Dixon - The Real McCoy - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Real McCoy, from Alex Dixon, grandson of the great, Willie Dixon and it's pure Chicago style blues. Opening with Nothing New Under The Sun, this track could be straight off of a Muddy Waters release. Featuring  Lewis "Big Lew" Powell on lead vocal and Steve Bell on harmonica, this track is solid with Dixon on bass and piano, Alvino Bennett on drums, Joey Delgado on guitar, and with backing vocals by Leila Dixon, this is a great opener. Willie Dixon's, Spider In My Stew is my favorite track on the release with some stinging guitar work by Rico McFarland and strong harp work by Sugar Blue. Slower blues number, My Greatest Desire has a great bass line and Big Lew's vocals are as crisp as anywhere on the release. Sugar Blue does a real nice job on harmonica, playing strong but not overpowering lew on lead vocal. Very nice. Wolf's, Howlin' For My Darling has great pace, Big Lew's vocals are cool, Steve Bell's harmonica lead is fresh and Melvin Taylor and Gino Matteo share guitar lead with super results. Very cool. Another of my favorite tracks is Chi-Town Boogie with a hot pace, absolutely made for harmonica and Bell does a great job. Dixon gets the chance to solo on this one and does a super job and with additional solos by Dixon on piano, and Bennett on drums, a super track. The release is wrapped by a supercharged instrumental take of Chi-Town Boogie. McFarland takes a nice guitar solo and the band rocks it. Excellent closer. 

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