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Monday, July 31, 2017

Martin Goyette - Big Beets - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Big Beets, from Martin Goyette, and it's got pure soulful style. Opening with a cool guitar intro courtesy of Jim Bland,  singer, songwriter and harp player, Martin Goyette,  pounces on St. John Morning Blues, like my assistant on a muffin. With an interesting New Orleans style, driven by Jarrod Atkins on bass and really spiced up by the stumble drumming of Louis-Etienne Drouin this is a way nice opener. Night Out flashes a R&B style and Goyette's vocals are nicely suited. Stylistic guitar playing by Bland gives the track balance. Very cool. I really like the undertone of Rolling with it's ominous bass line and punctual key work by Chris Trauchner. I've only heard on guy who successfully pulls off vocals like this and it's Joe Cocker. Very nice. Fusion track, As Long As We're In Town, has a great bass line, accented by Trauchner on keys and tight drum work of Drouin. MaryPier Guilbeault and Goyette blend vocals nicely making this one of my favorites on the release. Goyette shows off his harp skills nicely over a great walking bass line on That's The Way She Does It and Trauchner's piano work is tops. I like the laid back guitar approach on No More Room and Goyette's powerful growl pitted with the angelic backing vocals of Guilbeault are terrific. Wrapping the release is Unwind, a really hot with smoky lead vocals and rich backing vocals. The ever present bass line of Atkinson, total melody, soulful guitar playing by Bland and cool harp work by Goyette makes this a great closer for a quietly excellent release. 

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