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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Lucky Street Music artist: Marty Manous - Know My Name - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Know My Name, by Marty Manous and it's a solid rocker. Opening with title track, Know My Name, Marty Manous is back this opener is a good view of things to come. With Manous on guitar and lead vocal, Mark Wilson on bass, Sean O'Rourke on drums, Joe Morgan on keys and Sketch Ellis on percussion, this track has drive and stinging guitar riffs. Bitches saunters across the floor blues roots and metal sting. Manous' vocals are well suited for this styling and his guitar riffs are relentless. This guy can really rip when he wants to and his keeping the wolf at bey until just the right moment is really cool. Really bad attitude and warm tones. Excellent! My Girl is a solid rocker with tight drum work and a cool hook. James Clark's Look Over Yonder Wall feels a little bit like a Dickey Betts arrangement with country rockin' guitar rhythm and a taste of SRV or Chris Duarte attitude. Manous has his own guitar style though kicking his own riffs and letting it fly. One of my favorite tracks on the release is the heavy bottomed, Love In Vain. With a super solid drum hit and guitar runs, this track gets you moving. Make sure you catch Manous' soloing on this track with his round tones and jazz twists. Cool. Duh-Bro features Manous on metal bodied resonator just laying down some bluesy riffs leading nicely into a heavy power rocker, Drown My Tears. With real nice slide guitar work and fast runs over a "Levee Breaks" kind of bottom, this is a real nice track. Wrapping the release is The Night Is Calling. With an alternating, flowing blues rocker and grinding metal rocker, this track really has a nice blend of styles making it a fitting closer for a cool rocking release.

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