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Monday, May 22, 2017

Vintage #18 - Grit - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Grit, from Vintage #18 and it's cool. Opening with Latin influenced number, Diamonds Are Optional, lead vocalist Robbin Kapsalis shows super composure and style leading a super band of Bill Holter on guitar, Alex Kuldell on drums and Mark Chandler on bass. Chandler's relentless bass work on this track, sealed up by snappy work by Kuldell and searing lead riffs by Holter makes this a great opener. On Dylan's Million Miles, along the lines of the great Sonny Boy Williamson's Help Me, the band nicely isolates Kapsalis' vocals and with a notorious bass line driving the beat, Holter screams on guitar. Very nice. On a remake of the great ZZ Top track, Just Got Back From Baby's, Kapsalis' vocals are soulful and Holter lets it off the leash for a nice run. Very cool. One of my favorite tracks on the release is old style R&B track, Poor Me. Kapsalis just hits a spot that rarely gets hit with contemporary music and Holter is right there with his slick guitar phrasing sealing the deal. Very nice! Digging back into early rock beats, Good Eve almost sees a surf beat with snappy drumming and cool guitar riffs. Wrapping the release is Circles Down Home an easy paced blues number with rich vocals. Holter pulls out the slide giving the track a warm feel for a cool closer to a cool new release.

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