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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hideaway Music artists: Tucci - Olivia - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Olivia, from Tucci and it's quite interesting. Opening with High Roller, a Latin flavored blues rocker, Larry McCray is upfront on lead vocal and guitar. Steve Tucci on guitar and Donnie Richards on B3 really style up this track with drums by Michael Tucci, bass by Harry DeBusk and sax by Shawn Murphy. On I Don't Need It, another track with strong Latin rhythms, McCray is again upfront and Tucci's rich guitar chords really warm the track. Murphy steps up with a real nice sax solo on Gimme Some Of Your Love and Steve lays down some cool guitar riffs of his own, joined by Dan Ryan on B3. Steve takes the mic on Overtaxed Blues with a little help from McCray on guitar. A cool blues with a snappy rhythm and a rock return. Hey Florida has not only the Allman Brothers rhythm but also guitar styling in the likes of Southbound or One Way Out. Shawn Murphy is up front on lead and sax for one of the bluesiest tracks on the release in Train Blues. Tucci and McCray lay down some smoking blues riffs and Murphy lays out some fat sax work of his own. Nice. Al Owens joins on lead vocals and Dan Tolar on lead guitar for Play By The Rules. This is a really cool track and possibly one of my favorites on the release. Very soulful. McCray steps up to the mic one more time on You Hurt Me, a super blues number showing strong BB King influences. Wrapping the release is Third Eye, a solid jam in the vein of the Allman Brothers featuring Murphy on lead vocal, Bob Dielman on guitar, Steve Tucci on guitar and Donnie Richards on B3. This is a cool track and a nice closer for a solid set. 

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