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Friday, February 17, 2017

Josh Hyde - The Call Of The Night - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Call Of The Night, from Josh Hyde and it's super. Opening with title track, The Call of The Night, Josh White lays out a bluesy track that is ready for the radio with a great melody, nice vocal harmonies, nice organ support by John Gros, smooth vocals by Hyde paired with a stylized guitar solo that maintains compactness while expressive feeling, Jamey Bell on drums and Joe V. McMahan on guitar. The Truth is a really hot swampy funk rocker in the style of Little Feat with great pace and beautifully woven instrumentation. This really is an excellent track with nicely crafted guitar work, a moving bass line and tight organ work giving it a lot of spunk. Close is a quiet ballad with a sweet melody and expressive slide guitar work by Buddy Flett. Sonny Landreth joins the mix on Offshore adding his distinctive slide styling to this bluesy funk rocker. On acoustic, It's Not Too Late, Hyde shows some of his best vocal work. A folk ballad, it is a really cool track, accented again by the slide work of Landreth and complimented by the acoustic guitar work of Tony Daigle. Need A Lil More has a contemporary sound but definite roots in the blues. Gros' keyboard work really carries the track with cool vocals by Hyde and nicely executed guitar riffs by Hyde. Guitar In Hand is a cool Jackson Browne/Neil Young like track with burning guitar soloing by Hyde which nicely accents his own solid vocals.  Mississippi Bridge is a terrific new country style track along the lines of Frank Black. With a great melody and a compact form, Buddy Flett on guitar and Laura Mayo nicely work with Hyde's certain vocal strength. Wrapping the release is I've Got This Song, a smooth radio track with a cool melody and featuring James Westfall on keys. With jazz and country characteristics this track is a solid closer for a very enjoyable release.

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