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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Busted Flat Records artist: Cheryl Lescom & The Tucson Choir Boys - 1953 - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, 1953, from Cheryl Lescom & The Tucson Choir Boys. Opening with Dime Store Lover, a slinky pop track, highlights Lescom's vocal styling and sets the mood for the release. Soul Shakin' Romance makes you feel like you're on the set of an Elvis movie with backing vocals by acoustic guitarist, Sameday Ray, bass player Les Graham, and Michael J Torbay. Surrender is a keyboard driven blues rocker featuring Steve O'Connor on keys and a tight vocal group. Dave The Cat leads Just Pressed Send with a rockin acoustic guitar riff. Too Much Time crosses over into modern country style with Dave and Robert Reid setting a nice line of acoustic guitar. This is a contemporary style radio track and should be well received. Hot boogie number, Party Girl, is driven by Graham on bass and O'Connor on piano and Lescom is belting out the blues with cool vocal backing by the Choir Boys. It's Not You, It's Me is another country flavored ballad. A strong acoustic lead solo by Dave is nicely presented. Places I've Been has a familiar note. I don't know why but I think Bonnie Tyler or Meatloaf.... you tell me. Nice Mix Of Crazy feels like a Texas 2 stepper with a touch of Bo Diddley and rock. Another clean guitar solo by Dave adds another dimension. Measure Of A Man is another solid ballad. I particularly like Dave's solo on this track with a unique acoustical clarity. The release is wrapped by Twenty Foot Memory, a song with a touch of gospel and a touch of country. A feel good track with a clever country guitar riff, this is a nice closer for a solid release.

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