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Monday, August 8, 2016

The Kat Kings - Swingin' In The Swamp - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Swingin' In The Swamp, from The Kat Kings and it does swing! Opening with hot potato, When I Say Jump, Kevin McQuade has this band hopping with his super lead vocals and tight lead guitar work, backed by Teddy Leonard on guitar and vocal, Chuck Keeping on drums and vocal, John Dymond on bass and Wayne Dagenais on keys. Great start. Up beat emphasis and walking bass work on Poppin At Party Time really sets it out with cool piano work from Degenais and McQuade plays bold guitar strokes. Nice. On B Flat Kat, a cool boogie woogie, the band keeps the groove rolling without a hitch cranking out intensity. On easy loper, I Work For You, the band takes a little break and Dagenais breaks out the organ giving the track nice balance. Hot rocker, Juke Joint Jimmy, has a great beat, solid piano and some hellacious hot guitar riffs. Excellent! Two stepper, Before I Found Him, has a JJ Cale feel with a rocky bluesy country pop sound. Cool. Ridin In Style is a really cool track with a 50's rock sound. I really like it with it's Carl Perkins style. Ballad, I'm Just A Shadow, is nicely composed and executed with McQuade up front and smooth key work by Dagenais' organ under the melody. Jimmy Rogers like, Til it Feels Alright, has a cool Chicago sound with primary soloing by Dagenais on piano. McQuade's vocals carry the bulk of the track with firm work by Keeping on drums. I Got The Fuse has a really cool "swampy" feel with a sassy guitar solo and nice guitar backing by Leonard. Latin influenced, Late Night Thing, is spiced up by Keeping's drum work and a nice clean piano solo by Degenais. McQuade throws down a nice guitar solo giving the track a beefier flavor. Wrapping the release is a boogie cool rocker, Baby You Can't Drink. I think this is one of the best tracks on the release with flashy guitar and piano and some of McQuade's best vocals and well and a great hook. Excellent!

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