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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Whitney Shay - Stand Up! - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Stand Up!, from Whitney Shay and its got a cool R&B vibe. Opening with funky title track, Stand Up! ... Whitney on lead vocal and strong drumming by Brannon Temple. This track has got it going. With solo guitar work by favorite Laura Chavez and a full horn compliment of Kaz Kazanoff on tenor sax, John Mills on bari and Al Gomez on trumpet and with Chris Maresh on bass and Red Young on keys, this is a strong opener. Equal Ground is a slower, lumbering blues style track with a lot of swagger. Slide work by Derek O'Brien and the rich vocals of Shay gives this track just the right sound. Radio ballad, I Thought We Were Through has a strong melody and soulful vocals by Shay and a cool sax solo by Kaz makes this an ideal radio track. A duet vocal with Guy Forsyth on funky, Far Apart (Still Close) a solid fluid guitar solo by Chavez and a strong bass line by Maresh makes this track one of my favorites on the release. Boy, Sit Down has a snappy, beat with a sizzling drum rhythm. Shay's sassy vocals, cool resonator work by Forsyth, real nice trumpet work by Gomez and keys by Marcia Ball is another of my favorites on the release. Falling back into a nice soul track, I Never Meant to Love Him, is a great showcase for Shay's voice and one of the stellar tracks on the release. Really nice! Wrapping the release is Change with the Times, a rolling R&B track with a full horn compliment. Mills has a throaty sax solo giving the track a nice jolt and backing vocals by Alice Sadler, Whitney Shay and Kaz give the track smooth out the edges before a pumped up finale. Very cool release. 

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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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