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Monday, January 4, 2016

Full Force Music artist: Sterling Koch - Rock Slide - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Rock Slide, from Sterling Koch and it's a sliding boogie master. Opening with Shake 'em On Down, Sterling Koch on vocal and lap steel is joined by Gene Babula on bass, Jon Goba on drums, Bret Alexander on rhythm guitar and Jack Kulp on harp for a great driving opening. On Sugar, Koch uses a walking line as well as slick lead lap steel to brighten an easy slung boogie. With Jennifer Dierwechter on backing vocals this is another cool track. Leading a bit more toward country rock and the two step, Good To Go, finds Koch putting out a rocking slide tone, kind of a blend between JJ Cale, Rod Price and Eric Clapton. Slow and soulful, Leavin' Me With The Blues, is my favorite track on the release with Koch's best vocals and joined by Bob Wagner on keys. This track to me shows a lot of early British blues influence and crisp slide riffs. Made popular by Stevie Ray, Crossfire doesn't get much of a rework but a sliding interpretation which is actually pretty slick. Another of my favorites on the release is I'm Packin' Up, with it's walking bass line and tight bluesy slide riffs. Very nice! Rocker, Comin' For Your Love has a great driving rhythm. I like it's cocky rock swagger and straight forward drive. Super! Wrapping the release is Last Call, is a lumbering blues along the lines of Key To The Highway. Koch pulls out the stops on slide riffs on this track with a monster guitar duel. Excellent closer to another fine release from Sterling.

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