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Monday, October 23, 2017

Bake It Black Records artist: Paul Dougherty - Spankin' Hank - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Spankin' Hank, from Paul Dougherty and it's interesting. Dougherty, born in Houston is now living in Munich and reinterpreting Hank Williams tracks opening with My Sweet Love Ain't Around. A casual swing with cool guitar riffs, a cool opener. On Move It On Over, Dougherty adds a Bo Diddley beat, organ and with his lower octave vocals, gives the track a whole new feel. Slide guitar with what sounds like Hawaiian tuning really gives it a cool vibe. Tear In My Beer has a simple country rocker beqat with snappy drums and vocal harmonies. I like it. Another track that really stands out is Low and Lonely with it's lope and again Hawaiian sounding lap guitar. Very cool. Bluesy track, Lonesome Whistle, maintains a bit of it's country flavor but with the addition of casual military style drumming and harp. With a more straight forward rock style, Rockin' Chair Money has a cool groove.  Wrapping the release is a skeleton of a track, I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome featuring a compressed vocal by Dougherty backed by electric piano. This is an interesting release and certainly a new take on Hank.

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