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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sweet Spirit - Kelly Richey - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (formal release date March 19, 2013), Sweet Spirit from Kelly Richey. This is a hard driving blues soaked rock release. Opening with Feelin' Under, Richey wields a mighty heavy axe and the band has definite intentions. I Went Down Easy has a strong blues line and raspy the voiced Richey throws down some pretty heavy guitar riffs with comparisons to Hendrix, Stevie, Frank Marino... she can flat out play! The is a really cool track and well supported by Freekbass on bass, Bobby Cosenza on drums and Duane Lundy on percussion. Leavin' It All Behind follows in the same vein and if it's hard rockin blues guitar that you want, you need look no farther. This is the best hard rockin blues guitar release that I've heard in a long time. Fast Drivin' Mama is another scorcher based loosely on I'm A Road Runner. This takes the general feel of the track but takes out the slow swing and puts in not only a lot of drive but flashy guitar riffs. One Way Ticket has the structure of a Hendrix song but done with a heavy blues rock flair. Richey doesn't monkey around on the guitar ...she means business. Dyin' opens with some cool reverb soaked guitar in open space. A slow quiet ballad, it has a old style blues base and is delivered in stripped down format. The release closes with Hard Workin' Woman, a more straight forward rocker with a trace of blues. This is the track that would likely draw airplay, not venturing far from TDC.

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