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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Direct Music Distribution artists: The Bluesmasters - Volume Three - New Release Review

I just received the most recent release, Volume Three, from The Bluesmasters and its got a lot of cool. Opening with Loving Man, an easy flowing blues track featuring Hazel Miller on lead vocal. Miller has a powerful voice and is constant edged by stinging guitar riffs by guitarist Tim Tucker. Can't Let You Go, also featuring Miller on lead vocal, is firmly paced by Larry Thompson on drums and Kassidy Tucker on bass. Tim Tucker lays down some really hot riffs on this track with Mitch Towne on keys providing strong support on the bottom. Little Walter's Up The Line is done as a R&B style blues track featuring Mickey Thomas on vocal and Doug Lynn on harp. This track is made to get you on your feet and should easily do that. The Colorado Boogie is a cool instrumental track with nice harp lead by Lynn. Easily my favorite track on the release. Miller is back on lead vocal on Suspicious, a soul style blues track with long claws. Miller really does a nice job on this track and Tucker rips really nice guitar riffs as well. On Good Time Woman, a fast paced Chicago style blues track, Lynn and Miller share the lead role. One of the most balanced tracks on the release. Jimmy Reed's baby Want You Want Me To Do retains much of the original feel but has a bit more swagger and a less contained Thomas and harpist Lynn do a nice job of a total remake. On Come Back Baby Miller and Tucker hold down the spotlight in standard 12 bar fashion. Miller seems to be coaxing Tucker to rip throughout the track and Tucker keeps his axe in top form. One I Need has a slower pace and Miller takes control with nicely phrased lead vocals. This track is probably the best showcase of Tucker's guitar prowess, with him flexing his muscles without overplaying. Very nice. The release is concluded by Eddie Money's Baby Hold On. Although not a pop music fan, Mickey Thomas does a nice job of delivering the good to what will likely be a crowd favorite.

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