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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Dirk Digglers Blues Review - Cuba Neils - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Cuba Neils, from Dirk Digglers Blues Review and it's a real kicker. Opening with Nuthin' Too Untoward, a super rocker with attitude, Darroll Wheatley has the lead on vocal and bass, backed by Mark Sweetmore on guitar, Paul Reece on keys and Aaron Gent on drums. Stinging rock riffs, usually associated with the southeastern US really give this track a hot edge. Keep Yo' Momma Down the Line has a nasty blues feel with a raw punky edge and slide guitar. I like it! Shuffle track, If You Don't Wanna Dance, maintains that edge with sounds not unlike Carl Perkins ...wound tight. Black Cat Blues settles down into a pure blues slot with Sweetmore's slide following Wheatley's vocal lead. Breaking down with a bit of funk (and some funky sax by Chris Dyer) It Ain't Fair has a real nice groove. Think "Use Me" with attitude. Very cool.  With a smokey, jazzy atmosphere, Steamroller Blues mixes blues, boogie and jazz into a laid back track with a laid back feel. Ain't No Woman follows traditional blues lines with a Latin feel and breaking into a full out shuffle but with a nice rock twist. Sweetmore, Wheatley and Reece balance nicely on Gent's rhythm and Dyers sax accents. Very cool. Wrapping the release is Go Tell Johanna, a fully blown ballad with solid vocals and melodic guitar lead. A real nice conclusion to a solid release. This may be a sleeper that you need to check out.

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