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Friday, August 11, 2017

Jon Spear Band - Hot Sauce - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Hot Sauce, by Jon Spear Band and I quite like it. Opening with Bottom of the Bottle, Jon Spear Band gets into a really nice groove somewhat like Come and Go Blues but with more texture, cooler guitar riffs and better vocals for my taste. With Dara James on guitar, harp and vocal, Jon Spear on guitar and vocal Andy Burdetsky on bass and vocal John Stubblefield on drums and vocals, this is a super opener. Geographical Cure has a more pop styling, clever rhythm and warm vocal harmonies making it an ideal radio track. Title track, Hot Sauce is a spicy track with smoking sax work from Ron Holloway trading on guitar riffs and and great vocals. One of the top tracks on the release. With it's R&B/Blues feel (Help Me/Green Onions) this track is really smoking hot and in your face. The vocals are strong, the percussion is tight and the guitar riffs tasty. With a uptempo, jazzy feel, Hit The Quarter really gets you moving with driving bass lines and grooving guitar riffs. Very cool. Bluesy ballad, Wintertime seems a parallel to classic, Summertime. This is a real nice track with soulful vocals and really nice guitar lead. Super. Wrapping the release is Natchez Burning, a really nice spiritual like or work track. This is a really cool closer with acapella vocals, stomps, claps, dobro and atmosphere. This track blows up into a heavy lumbering track with searing electric guitar lead. Excellent closer! 

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