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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Outside Music artist: Kat Danser - Baptized By The Mud - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Baptized By The Mud, from Kat Danser and it great! Danser, a singer.sonwriter and guitar player has put together a great set opening with Sun Goes Down, a southern gospel style rock track in the vein of Delaney and Bonnie. Featuring Steve Dawson on slide, Darryl Havers on piano and Geoffrey Hichs on piano this track really gets things started. Warm vocal backing by Dawn Pemberton and Marcus Mosely add to the feel of the track. Sweet Baybay is up next with super sweet slide work by Danser and heavy tom tom work by Hichs. Dancer has an unusual voice and one that adds nicely to the mystic overtones of this track. None of Us Are Free has a cool melody and an interesting rhythm. Baptized By The Mud has an easy going pace with Dawson adding nicely on pedal steel. Danser has a real interesting voice which blends nicely with the music. Crazy For You is a slick little blues rock track with a twist of country. A cool slide solo in this track is icing on the cake. One of the sweetest tracks on the release is a remake of O' Mary Don't You Weep. I would recommend the album based on this track alone (but I don't need to obviously). Performed with a quiet Latin rhythm and dobro slide work, this is a terrific track and one of the nicer arrangements that I have heard of the track in a long time. An interesting bass solo by Jeremy Holmes is a nice surprise. Winsome, Lonesome has a real nice early blues sound. Primarily vocal with acoustic guitar this has a sassy Memphis Minnie/Maria Muldair kind of style with a tasty understated guitar solo. Havers also steps up with a nice piano solo as well. Notes From The Other Side is a somber ballad accompanied by resonator guitar and keys. A well written and executed track, it is nicely complimented by Dawson on steel guitar. Nothin' At All has has a nice easy step to it with nice harmonic vocals and slide guitar and dobro accompaniment. Prove It On Me Blues has a strong New Orleans sound with great vocal harmonies and particularly cool snare work from Hichs. Havers has a nice piano solo on this track horn sounding bass notes must be coming from Holmes. A really nice slide solo on this track shows real taste. Excellent! Hear me Out, Think It Over is a somber ballad with a strong melody. Dancer steps way out in front of the band with this primarily vocal track. A nice electric guitar solo from Dawson accents this really nicely constructed track. Another great cover track is You Gotta Move opening with fat fat slide work. Dancer takes a nice comfortable pace on this track and Hichs plays the simplest of straight up drum riffs which is perfect. The fat slide work continues throughout and Havers plays a strong piano solo making this another of my favorites on this release and a super way to close a fine set.

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