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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fish Food/VizzTone artist: Amanda Fish - Down In The Dirt - New release Review

I just received the newest release, Down In The Dirt, from Amanda Fish and it covers a lot of bases. Sister to Samantha Fish, Amanda has joined up with Stone Cutters Union front man Sean McDonnell on slide. Opening the release is I'mma Make You Love Me, a funky R&B kind of track showing just what Fish has to offer vocally and featuring McDonnell on guitar, Cole Dilingham on guitar and bass and Kristopher Schnebelen on drums. Player Blues is a slinky blues number with cool understated and fat aggressive slide work by McDonnell. Wait has a cool blues rock rhythm accented by rhythmic strumming on guitar and rich, saturated guitar riffs. An hot guitar solo on this track gives it a leg up for radio play. With a pinch of country, Guess I'll Lay Down features McDonnell and Fish on lead vocals as well as Liam Goodrick on piano and Jacob Niser on fiddle. Latin jazz number Prisoner Of Your Touch, has a real smooth feel with Goodrick on piano and Matt Peters on guitar. Again featuring McDonnell with Fish on lead vocals, and some nicely stylized guitar riffs, this is likely my favorite track on the release. Boots On The Ground has a nice funky groove and Fish slides right into it. Extended clean guitar soloing gives this track a particularly nice vibe. I Don't Need It features Brody Buster on harp and Coyote Bill on guitar and with it's rebellious "I Don't Need That Kind of B***S*** In My Life" as well as some strong slide work this will likely be a crowd anthem. Hard Walking Blues has a very deliberate delta style blues feel giving it strong appeal. A steady driving rhythm guitar riff, percussive military like drum riffs and a slide/vocal tandem riff makes this another high spot on the release. Slinky blues style number, Lady Of The Night, shows Fish's versatility vocally and also spotlights McDonnell and Cliff Moore on bass. Ballad, Breaking Me Down, has a much more seriousness about it developing into a nice bluesy number. Nice tension created by guitar and violin helps to even more emphasize the strength of Fish's vocals. Very nice! Watch It All Burn is a straight up rocker and Fish is full out. Tyson Leslie on organ lays the ground work but it's the over the top slide work on this track that borrows your attention momentarily from Fish's spotlight. Wrapping the release is title track Down In The Dirt, is a gritty blues chant with grinding slide riffs and a cool drum rhythm from Schnebelen. A guitar solo that has quite a loose experimental feel seals the deal on this new release.

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