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Monday, March 20, 2017

Big H Records artist: Billy T Band - Reckoning - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Reckoning, from Billy T Band and it's smooth. Opening with soul title track, Reckoning, lead vocalist and bass player William R. Troiani (Billy T) is up front and taking the spotlight backed by Haakon Hoeye on keys and guitar backed by Ian F. Johannessen laying down some real nice lead guitar work, Robert Alexander Pettersen on drums and with Isa Caroline Holmesland, Tara Terese Waaler Waervagen and  Lise Voldsdal on violins, Marius Roe Navik on viola and Kaja Fjellberg Pettersen on cello. Very smooth radio track...think Boz Scaggs. On Shame Shame, Billy T is more in an R&B groove with a super bass line and Steve Cropper like guitar riffs. On Your Own features Johannessen on slide and Billy T balancing nicely on vocal and bass with Pettersen on drums.  With a real 60's style R&B intro, Sad Man is a perfect radio track with a solid melody and smooth vocals. Acoustic based ballad, One Of These Days, is a cool mix of R&B and country rock with incredibly tasty slide work from Johannessen. Martin Winstad opens Gone on percussion joined by Johannessen on wah wah and T on bass. Continued string work gives this track roots in the 60's R&B scene and a taste of smooth funk. It Ain't Right has a great New Orleans style drum line supported by Johannessen on rhythm guitar and a perfect bass line by T. With just a touch of War and Bob Marley...very cool. Wilson Pickett styling gives Trouble a solid rock/R&B feel reinforced by stiff guitar accents and cool vocals. Possibly my favorite track on the release. Wrapping the release is I've Been A Fool with gospel like organ work and warm backing vocals supporting Billy T's solid lead vocals. A strong soul tune, this is a super closer for a really nice release.

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