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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sweet Lucy Records artist: Kelly Richey - Shakedown Soul - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Shakedown Soul, from Kelly Richey and it's a strong blues rocker. Opening with Fading, a solid rocker, Richie, on vocals and guitar is joined by Rikk Manning on bass and Tobe Donohue on drums. With quite an aggressive bottom, Richey grinds out blues riffs on her guitar giving this release a good start. You Wanna Rock has a really cool rhythm and a gargantuan guitar and bass riff. With absolute style, Richey leads on vocals and breaks out with an excellent guitar solo. This track has so much swagger it deserves it's own zip code. Excellent! Lies, another solid rocker, has the addition of John Lord like keyboard by Lee Carroll and Richey's guitar solos are nicely punctuated by additional drums and percussion by Robby Cozensa. The Artist In Me has a lot of grit and a super drum sequence. Love has an interesting early San Francisco sound. Richey's voice resembles Karen O. but her guitar says drive. Cool! Afraid To Die is a cool, suspenseful romp. With a heavy overtone and loose grungy backing, this track leaves a feel of Ted Nugent. Only Going Up has a solid drive and an interesting turn around. Hot bass lines and crisp drums keep this track tight. Just Like A River is a straight up rocker with traces of Led Zep with driving drums and a big bass line. I Want To Run adds a bit of funk and hops the track. I really like Manning's bass work on this track giving it extra zip. Richey flexes her guitar muscles on this track a bit for a solid punch. Wrapping the release is an acoustic version of Fading. Interested in a solid blues ya go!

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