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Monday, October 27, 2014

3011 Records artist: Howard and the White Boys - Rosa's Lounge - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Rosa's Lounge, from Howard and the White Boys and it's quite good. Opening with Heat Seeking Missile, a cool R&B style blues, Howard (bass and vocals) and the boys, Rocco Calipari (guitar), Pete Galanis (guitar) and Jim "Bucka" Christopolous launch off into a great track. Nice lead guitar work and great vocals highlight the track. Strung Out On The Blues is up next and it rips! A down and dirty track really showcases Howard's vocals and especially tasty guitar riffs throughout. This is my favorite track on the release and shows how strong Howard and gang can be live! Trouble Follows You is a cool Billy Boy Arnold or Bo Diddley influenced track with a great rhythm and strong drum beat by Christopulos. Cool slide work on this track over the guitar rhythm nicely emphasizes the contrast. Judge has a bit of funk and slick guitar rhythms. Freewheeling guitar work pushed along by Christopulos and McCullum makes this track sing. A slow R&B style blues, What Would I Do, sets up nicely. This track should play nicely into radio play with a sweet melody and fluent bursts of guitar wizardry. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner is a cool blues track with a track of Taj Mahal in feel. With a solid bass line and nice slide work, this track will appeal to both dancers and guitar enthusiasts. Super boogie, Black Cat features Steve Asma on slide guitar and this track moves! Asma adds a real nice texture and a free wheeling approach as the band literally romps (Think Tush). Excellent! R&B style track, The Last Time, employs wah wah and a funky back beat for a straight up radio track. Of course there are slick solos with pinched harmonics and double stops but this track is one that will stick in your head. The Blues Are Killin' Me is an easy blues rocker with a solid bass line and featuring Neal O'hara on organ some fluid guitar riffs in an extended jam format. Wrapping the release is That's Alright which was recorded in JoyRide Studios in Chicago. With a tighter more radio oriented flavor, this track again seems to be perfectly suited for a diverse audience of listeners. I like this release. A live review of this band shows it's musical talent and diversity. Very cool.

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