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Friday, October 7, 2016

JL Fulks - On Down The Road - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, On Down The Road from JL Fulks and I really like it. Opening with The River, Fulks sets the stage with a meaty double stop sound on his guitar and his own vocals backed by solid backing vocals by Rachel Brown. Driving rock drums work by Ian Jones and tasty bass work by Ken Burgner complimented nicely by Muggie Doo on B3 leads into a well executed guitar solo. Very cool. Snappy drum riffs by Jones opens title track, On Down The Road, a Matt Schofleid compiosition. Fulks has really learned to keep his guitar in check and uses his lead vocals to direct the track, adding really well executed guitar soloing by Schofield and his own to complete his expressions. Excellent! Slow blues number, I Believe In Love, gives Fulks the opportunity to show his metal with his guitar. His phrases are well composed and fluid showing maturity and patience. Very nice! On Honey, Ain't That Love, Fulks backs off to an easy shuffle and more primitive styling. With a solid bass line by Burgner and Thorogood like vocals, this is a cool radio style track. Wrapping the release is Phrygian Dance, a cool Greek or middle eastern sound with a hyped up rock beat. I really like this instrumental giving all of the band mates a workout with Fulks soloing throughout. I really like this release which shows super growth by Fulks over tha past year. This is a guy to watch.

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