Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The No Refund Band - New Release Review

I just received a copy of the new self titled release from The No Refund Band. The release has something for everyone with stylistic vocals, tasty guitar work and danceable rhythms. The release opens with Blues Is My Business, a modern style blues with solid vocals and punctuating guitar riffs over a full horn section. Come Down Slow is a smooth Latin infused blues with some particularly slick guitar riffs. The Beatles' Eleanor Rigby gets a modern cover with nice horn solos and is different enough not to be recognized by casual listeners. Nice! Fall Again is a quiet acoustic ballad that could well appeal to the airplay market. Just To Be Blue comes straight at the blues with a slow swing style. Duet vocals between Ricky Jackson and Tommy Lee Bradley are smooth and Mike Crownover plays a tasty guitar solo on this track as well. Got Whiskey is a heavy drum (Walter Cross) laden rocker with a heavy blues twist. Crownover shows yet another style of guitar in his bag of tricks. One More Drink takes a jazzy look at the blues. Jackson displays his vocal acuity and Crownover keeps a cool rhythm under the radar. Nice and smooth. Warren Haynes' Soul Shine gets a pretty straight cover treatment. Vocal duets again with Jackson and Bradley makes for cool listening and this song just invites great guitar playing by Crownover. Anthony Terry gets a chance to shine as well with a ripping sax solo. Hoyt Axton's Spain Prelude gets a pretty cool run with an intro by Jim Brady on trumpet. Shuffle tune Top Side coaxes some nice riffs from the band and provides some easy listening blues. Willie The Wimp gets a strong Texas influenced cover with crisp drumming and vocals. The addition of horns and a more Spanish take on the guitar at times and flaming new riffs at others keeps the track fresh. Overall a pretty cool release. Nice job! Props to bass player Rik Robertson. If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE” Sorry...not able to find a video to go with the review.

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