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Monday, October 24, 2016

Flood Plane Records artists: Holly Hyatt and Jon Burden - Shufflin' The Blues - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Shufflin' The Blues, by Holly Hyatt and John Burden and it's polished and precise. Opening with a shiny cover of Muddy Waters' Blow Wind Blow, Holly and Jon trade lead vocals as Holly walks her bass and Jon stretches out on his electric guitar backed by Marvin Walker. Next up is Memphis Slim's Mother Earth Blues with a rich, warm cover. I like this track and the duo does a real nice job making it their own with cool riffs by Jon and solid bass work by Holly. Let's Boogie is a cool rocker with a classic feel. Holly sets a nice groove on bass and Jon's guitar tone is clean and smooth. Steppin' blues, Lowdown Blues, has a clean, almost pop sound with a light drum dusting and and country tweaked guitar riffs. Cool. Robert Johnson's, Come On In My Kitchen, is my favorite track on the releae with really nice slide work and beautiful use of Holly and Jon's voices in call and response with a gospel feel. Excellent. Jazzy blues, Get Your Own Man, feels to me like a silky Pride and Joy with some of Holly's fines vocals on the release. Left Handed Soul is actually a real cool track with clever lyrics. Jon's vocals put me in mind quite a bit of the late Smokin' Joe Kubik and his blues guitar riffs are stylistic and cool. Acoustic track, Black Crow, has a totally different feel than most of the release highlighting Holly's vocal styling nicely. Quirky but I like it! Wrapping the release is shuffle track, Slushy Blues with it's walking bass line and brushed snare. Holly has the vocal lead and Jon steps out nicely on guitar for a nice conclusion to a different kind of blues release.

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