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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Reference Recordings artist: Doug MacLeod -Break The Chain - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Break The Chain, from Doug MacLeod and it's a cool, textural documentary of contemporary observations. Opening with boogie rocker, Goin' Down To The Roadhouse, Doug gets into a real nice groove with slide on resonator joined by Denny Croy on bass and Jimi Bott on drums. On Lonesome Feeling, Doug really gives his National steel body a rough workout. His wailing and slide work nicely together creating a feeling of solitude and emptiness. Very nice. Another stand out track is One For Tampa Red featuring a solid walking bass line by Croy and Doug sliding out the melody on his National "O". Boogie track, Who's Driving This Bus is another stand out track with a great driving rhythm and clever lyrics. A very nice track, Church Street Serenade has a really sweet melody and strong guitar articulation. One of my favorites. Wrapping the release is title track, Break The Chain, a simple stripped down rocker with Jesse Macleod on guitar, Doug on vocal and slide, Oliver Brown on percussion and Denny or bass. Cool closer to a simply cool release. 

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