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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This, That and the Other Thing - The Rusty Wright Band - New release review

I just received the new release, This, That and the Other Thing by The Rusty Wright Band. The release opens with AC/AD's Whole Lotta Rosie but done in a gospel swing style. Man On Fire is directed at airplay with a catchy melody and featuring Laurie LaCross - Wright on vocals. Rusty blisters the paint on the wall with fiery guitar riffs on this track. Alarm Clock Blues, a boogie track based loosly on Dust My Broom with a twisted story line over it gives Wright a chance to let the dog out on slide. Taking a joy ride on guitar Wright brings Dave Brahce and his B3 along but not without a Zappaesque drum/rhythm interlude from Peter Haist. How Blue Are You is a straight on blues ballad featuring Wright on vocal with Brahce on keys. Wright plays a melodic blues solo on this track which is actually quite nice. Wanna make a great blues rock need some Mississippi Queen (Leslie West and Mountain) and here it is! Aren't too many guitar riffs that say blues rock like what comes after the cowbell and Wright knows how to lay it out! Trouble and The Marrying Kind, a boogie duet between the Wrights is another track which could get good airplay. Brahce plays a nice keys solo leading into smokin guitar riffs lending to Jmi, Gales, SRV and an number of other guitar heroes. Hide in Plain Sight takes hints from Freddie King on Hideaway but with a bit more swing. This is a pretty cool track allowing guitar jamming without a lot of showboating... very nice. Baby Roll On is a jazzy but funky track with some interesting twist giving nods to the early Allmans as well as Gov't Mule. This track turns into a pretty decent jam track with hot dueling guitars for those Allman fans. High Price Woman has a strong Texas lope and slide work that's fat like Rod Price (Foghat). I do! Handyman is another track with twin lead guitars but this time with more of a Dickey Betts flavor and then with strong swing overtones. Pen Or Sword is a slow soulful blues guitar ballad along the lines of Gary Moore or Ronnie Earl. With in excess of 8 minutes of track time, sit back and enjoy the ride!   

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