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Saturday, May 25, 2013

I55 Productions artist: Eric Hughes Band - Drink Up - New Release Review

I just received the new release, Drink Up, by the Eric Hughes Band and it's quite good. Starting off with the title track, Drink Up, a classic jump rocker. This track not only has the beat but it also has great unusual guitar riffs and a little bit of sense of humor. That's My Baby's Mama takes a whole new turn with a pop R&B sound and solid radio vocals. Blues Magician is a great track with a slick guitar hook. I really like the choice of rhythm guitar harmony. This is extremely solid and in addition to the the funky bottom really sets the tone. Lead guitar riffs from Hughes are hot and this is definitely one of my favorite tracks on this release. Frostina is another funky track with great key work from Robert Nighthawk Tooms. With Texas guitar rhythm and overdriven guitar solos this is a track with a lot of character. The first real straight forward blues track, Tested Positive For The Blues, is a great swingin boogie blues with great harp and piano work. Talking the blues is a real nice contrast to his singing style and setting this track as anther favorite. Mama Don't Allow, a more traditional blues (boogie) with only percussion and a resonator guitar, is a lot of fun and another real cool track. Repo Man, a fast paced pop track with a funky bottom is a good opportunity for Tooms to play a nice organ solo. Going To Brownsville stays with tradition laying down some real solid blues riffs. Flashing real stripped down sound and distorted vocals, cool amplified acoustic slide work and cool breaks, this is another really strong track. Weevil Point Willie has a real traditional western sound and is quite refreshing. Hughes tells his tale and plays mandolin as the band shows solid support. Really nice. Closing with blues rocker My Baby Got A Black Cat, the band keeps a funky blues base as Hughes plays solid slide work. This is a pretty nice release from Hughes and one that should gain him a number of fans.  

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