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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers - Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge, from Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers and it's versatile contemporary blues selection. Opening with shuffle track, No Good, Michele leads the way on vocal backed by Patrick McDanel on bass, Ryan Higgins on guitar and Rennie Bishop on drums. Bringing down the tempo, Trouble is a solid track with some of D'Amour's best vocals on the release. Higgins plays sweet guitar lines over the warm bass lines of McDanel and drums of Rick Bowen. With real nice guitar riffs and trem vibrato by Higgins, a cool Latin rhythm by Bowen and a nice bass line by McDanel, Leopard Lounge has great feel. Another slower blues number, All I Do Is Work, has a pop edge and with the addition of organ, and solid guitar lines by Higgins, makes this track another strong contender on the release. Blue As Blue Can Get has a great bass line and a somewhat Brazilian feel... let's say a bluesy bossa nova. Blues rocker, Last Man Standing, has a classic rock feel along the lines of Fleetwood Mac. The strong bass playing of McDanel and cool soloing by Higgins gives the track a thicker edge. Wrapping the release is shuffle track, Black Cat Boogie, with a cool walking bass line, clever lyrics and a jazzy solo from Higgins. A cool closer for a nice release.

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