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Monday, July 25, 2016

Patoutville Records artist: Brian Langlinais - Right Hand Road - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Right Hand Road, from Brian Langlinais and it's an easy paced, R&B flavored release. Opening with rocker, You Can't Say I Didn't Love You, Brian Langlinais establishes his ground as lead vocalist backed by James Pennebaker on lead guitar, Steve Conn on keys, Lynn Williams on drums and Ron Eoff on bass with cool backing vocals by Charlene Howard and powerful horn work by Roy Agee on trombone, Steve Hermann on trumpet and Randy Leago on sax. On Wilson Piclett's, Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You, accordion work by Conn, nice piano and organ work by Patterson Barrett and backing vocals by Jonell Mosser set a real interesting pace. Title track, Right Hand Road, has a definite country blues feel with acoustic slide resonator work by D.L. Duncan and mandolin work by Barrett. Very cool. One of my favorite tracks on the release, New Orleans flavored, Louisiana Love, has a really infectious groove pairing Langlinais with Mosser on vocal duet and sax work by Leago coupled with sassy piano work by Barrett and a nice lap steel solo by Pennebaker really makes this track click. William Bell's, Everyday Will be Like A Holiday, really shows Langlinais' vocal strength and the bass work by Eoff is particularly strong, backed by the horn section giving it extra grip. Super. Solid, One Desire, is a straight up soul track with nicely blended guitar, key and vocal backing. Muddy Waters' Don't Go No Further, really gets the blues groove flowing with flowing piano work, a wild piano solo and a cool guitar solo from Pennebaker. Cool track. Boogie rocker, Tucumcari Tonight, gets a real nice drive going with solid vocal work by Langlinais and Howard, driving guitar work by Pennebaker and a rolling piano solo by Conn. Very nice! Another track with a New Orleans under step is It's The Whiskey That Eases The Pain. Conn's organ soloing blending nicely with Barrett's piano work and the snappy drum work by Williams gives this track nice bite. Langlinais' side solo on this track really adds the pepper and his vocals blended with Mosser is super. Wrapping the release is acoustic blues, Our Love Is Slipping Away, with Langlinais and Tony Daigle on acoustic guitar, D.L. Duncan on resonator and Barrett on mandolin. This is a really nice track and an excellent closer to a relaxing release.

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