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Monday, February 18, 2013

StarBright Productions artist: Texarillo - Black Satin Blues - New Release Review

I just received a copy of the first full length, all original release, Black Satin Blues, from Texarillo. Opening with I'd Rather Get Shot Down, singer, songwriter, guitar player Dwane Rechil leads a posse of 3 including Ricardo Bacardi (bass and vocals) and Ken Loudmann (drums and percussion) on an rockin blues a la Elmore James. Rechil shows his experience on the rock road with hot guitar riffs and modern vocal style. Next up is Elevator Operator, a soul/funk styled track with southern rock guitar riffs driving the trio into Macon country. 24-7 Blues has a laid back feel with a cool back beat and blues rock styling. This could easily be a radio track. Has a good hook and melody giving Rechil a good footing for some of his tastiest riffs on the release. Long Way (From Loving You), is a blues based ballad with rich guitar leads and vocals along the lines of Gary Moore or Joe Bonamassa. This track, conjuring some really cool tone and fluent riffs will likely have strong appeal to contemporary blues fans. The Things I Would Do To You is a light jazzy number with a rock a billy styling. Flood Water Rising is a Texas style blues rock track based loosely on Rollin and Tumblin. This is a cool track which seems to have a bit of British influence and so real nice slide work. The Devil Is Knockin' had a driving beat like you would think would come from Golden Earring with Loudmann keeping that blues influenced rock sound solid. Rechil plays outside of the regular blues box with some distorted guitar riffs and feedback and Bacardi drives the bottom with solid bass playing. Fire Starter has a bit of the Texas sound in the riffs but more like Chris Duarte than SRV. This track gives Rechil a chance to really show his rock chops with flaming hot guitar runs and original riffs calling to mind Jimi and Frank Marino. Stone Cold Heart Breaker opens with slide work blending Page with more contemporary hard rockers and country rock slide work. This is a real interesting track with a number of different characteristics and heavy bass reinforcing the heavy metal sound juxtaposed against the southern rock guitar work. Let You Down Easy takes a break in the barrage with another radio friendly track. This track is really well constructed and has a slick WW Washington/JG Watson style funky blues styling. it should be well received with it's clever musical hook. This track also has a contained guitar solo which is slick enough to get the guitar guys listening but not so hot as to back off the general listener. Wanna Go Down To Cali is standard acoustic 8 bar number with nicely articulated blues riffs. Rio Grande at High Noon has that TexMex flavor like a sound track from a spaghetti western. It is a cool intro to Hill Billy Idol, a fast paced blues - rock a billy riff along the lines of Hot Rod Lincoln. This is a really hot track bringing up flavors of Jeff's Boogie and showing a number of country riffs. My favorite track on the release! This is a cool release and one that you should check out.

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