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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Montrose records artist: Brad Absher - Lucky Dog - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Lucky Dog (January 13, 2015), fro Brad Absher and it has a nice sound. Opening with Woman Who Loves Me, a clean rocker with a 60's beat, features Absher on vocal and guitar, Larry Felcher on bass, Barry Seelen on hammond, Mike Patton on drums and Nicoya Prolar on backing vocal. A steady rocking beat and easy Raitt style slide works highlight this pop melody. R&B styling on I Need A Drink really features a nice bass line by Fulcher and nice bari sax work by Anthony Terry and Tenor sax work from Andy Saad. Bill Withers was really one of the unsung songwriters of his time and his Same Love is up next really nicely complimenting the vocal strength of Absher. Prolar adds nice warmth on backing vocals and Kyle Turner rides nicely on tenor sax. Another R&B style track, I Can't Wait, not only has nicely blended vocals but a nice key solo from Seeelen and cool guitar riffs from Absher. Miss Your Water has an almost gospel like feel with super piano and Hammond work by Seelen. The vocal work on this track is quite nice and Absher stretches a real nice blues guitar solo as well. Wanna Be Your Man stays in that R&B style with a cool beat and particularly nice horn work from Saad and Terry. Leon Russell's Rather Be Blind has a chugging rhythm and Samantha Banks percussion is a nice touch undeer the stinging guitar work of Absher. Very cool! A venture into country, Not Tonight, has a solemn feel with the straightforward vocal attack of Absner and Prolar, Seelen's piano styling and the addition of Brian Thomas on pedal steel. Allen Toussaint's Lipstick Traces has a smooth funky jazz sound with solid Hammond work from Seelen. The style of track seems to show in Absner's vocals. On this particular track his voice has a richer southern style which works nicely with the track. Very nice! Traditional track, Jesus On The Mainline has a modern blues feel with some really warm slide work from Absner. Possibly my favorite track on the release. Funky track Trouble, gets into a cool groove with strong Hammond and so "authentic" dialog gives it a different flair. Twelve bar number Memphis On The Way has a real nice sway with Fulcher leading the way with his solid bass line. Seelen takes a nice piano run and Absner cooks on guitar as well. Saad and Terry stay i swing but play in a morphed New Orleans style creating a really nice pocket. Excellent conclusion to a cool release.  

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