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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Bible & Tire Recording Company artist: Dedicated Men of Zion - Can't Turn Me Around - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Can't Turn Me Around, from Dedicated Men of Zion and it's terrific! Opening with boogie track, Father, Guide Me, Teach Me, with George Supplick on drums, Will Sexton on guitar and Mark Stuart on bass leading the way, the Dedicated men of Zion lay out a contemporary blues/spiritual smorgasbord. Featuring Anthony Daniels, Antwan Daniels, Marcus Buggs and Dexter Weaver on vocals this is tight. Slower blues number, A Leak In This Old Building, has the Dedicated Men's soulful vocals soaked in a sea of organ by Calvin Barnes, with only a steady drums beat and bass... excellent! Showing a bit of R&B style on I Feel Alright, these guys show their versatility and warm harmonies, backed by the horn work by Jim Spake on horns and Art Edmaiston on horns. Very nice. Title track, Can't Turn Me Around, is a great soul track with wrenching vocal lead and excellent backing vocal with not much more than the guitar accent of Will Sexton and keyboards by Barnes. Think a modern rendition of classic soul fusion band, WAR. Up next is a trio of traditional spiritual style tracks, You Don't Know, Leaning On The Lord and When I Look Back with plenty of punch. Back to the R&B style with It's A Shame and these guys definitely know how to deliver. With it's strong vocals, dance drum rhythm and horn backing, this track will have you dancing in your seat (if not on the floor). Wrapping the release with Work Until My Days Are Done, a straight up spiritual bringing the Dedicated Men back to the center and closing strong. If youo have never heard a great spiritual release, now's the time. If as close as you have gotten is Leon Russel and the Shelter People (which is great by the way), you owe it to yourself.

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