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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Caught In The Act - Wumbloozo - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Caught In The Act, from Wumbloozo and it's quite interesting. Opening with Side Tracked, a mixture of R&B and country this is a nice tune. Puts me in mind of Mustang Sally with a twang. Next up is Gamblin' Man, a bluesy track again with a simple country edge. Michael Richard leads the way with rugged vocals and snappy guitar. Doctor Fun blows some cool harp riffs and Stan Harrison rolls the 88's. Backing the band are Ben Beckley on drums, Mark Peters on bass and Greg Krueger on guitar and backing vocals. Dancin' With The Devil is a straight up real country song and possibly my favorite track on the release. This is the kind of track you want to hear when you go into a bar in the afternoon for a cold one with your buddy... and maybe play some pool. Very cool. You're My Jones opens with some simple slide work and Richards taking the vocal path. Another track finds a more rural route, but more of a ballad form. Doctor Fun plays the melody on a refrain and this track actually reminds me of a Pixies song believe it or not (and I really like the Pixies). Dinner Bell follows in line with the raw country style and I am starting to see parallels with another of my favorite bands, Jimbo Mathus. They don't have the same sound. They could be good together in concert. This sound is simple, straightforward and honest. Mule Been Kickin' gets back to the R&B bottom but not straying from the central rural theme. Doctor Fun keeps up the response on this track to Richard's lead vocals. On Get Away Man, the band takes a more jazzy twist and Richards plays riffs in the flavor of Mark Knopfler. A nice balance to this track. Louise kicks it in the butt and turns out a more rocker style track. This is a definite dance number and is cool to groove to. Doctor Fun keeps the harp chirpin' and Richard plays some of the hottest riffs on the release. Ending with Tell Nobody the band finds a swampy blues trail and Richard's vocals are really gruff and interesting. I really like this track as well. This is a diversely interesting release with a number of really cool tracks. Check it out!

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