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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ollie Vee - Lonesome Girl - New release review

I just received the newest release, Lonesome Girl, from Ollie Vee and it's really got character. Opening with Ruby Red, a country styled ballad with a cool slide guitar solo and plenty of vibrato. Jesse Adamson (vocal and guitar) is backed by Johnny Vassos (guitar), Howard Linscott (bass) and John Collin (drums). Looking For A Fast Time has that rock a billy sound with solid bass lines and classic guitar riffs. Party Fools is very stylistic (almost gypsy jazz) and really has cool guitar work. A well constructed song, Party Fools shows the bands flexibility. Underneath The Sparks is very classically country in nature with cool use of the guitar whammy bar. Paper Hearts really captures the essence of early rock and roll with understated guitar lead under the melody and tastes of Johnny Cash. Hip Shakin' Baby ventures deeply into the early rock and roll vein and the Bo Diddley style. One of my favorite tracks on the release, instrumental track, New Boots really has some interesting guitar work with heavy use of whammy bar on the melody contrasted against melodic chords. Beautiful! Shinin' Bright is straight down the country (rock roots) road. Adamson is a super vocalist and the band is tight making these 3 minute (or less) tracks Buddy Holley worthy. Right Out Of The Pictures is a transitional '50's - rock track. The guitar work on all of these tracks is really understated but quite interesting. The short solos that do appear are well thought out and instinctively placed. Luck Like Me is a bright little rocker with plenty of pep. This is a straight up dance track and one that is likely to keep the listener on their feet. Last Night is an easy rocker with that country flair. Adamson really has a great voice for this style of music and he enjoys is which really shows through. Closing the release is Bruised, the bluesiest track on the release. Of particular note on this track is a standout sax solo by Stuart Elliot. This is a cool release and a follow up to early rock and rock a billy bands as well as a sister to bands such as Social Distortion and Stray Cats. If this is your bag... this is really cool. If not, I'll bet you'll still find it enjoyable to listen to.

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