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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Jim Shaneberger Band - Above and Below - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Above and Below, from the Jim Shaneberger Band and it's quite good. Opening with Jimi Hendrix flavored rocker, My Way has a classic Stone Free feel but with a more modern polished delivery and melodic rock feel.  Super opener. Shanebereger is upfront on lead vocal and guitar but this is a definite group collaboration with a solid bass line from Jeff Baldus, and tight rock lines from Steve Harris on drums. Pat Travers comes to mind as I listen to Indifference with powerful swags of guitar lead and flavorful drum riffs over a swaggering bass line. Solid ballad, Bright Side shows real strong radio appeal with a super melody, nice harmonies and acoustic guitar lead. Shuffle track, Ain't Your Daddy's Blues, gives Shaneberger a chance to use a totally different vocal style not unlike Jonny Lang. His low slung guitar riffs have plenty of sting and Carl Schantz on drums does a great job. Another real cool rocker is Way Down South with it's blues style drone note and lumbering feel. Very nice. Just Sayin', Bro is a loose guitar jam with a great bass line making it tuff to sit still. Wrapping the release is Whole Lotta Soul, a contemporary R&B style track with a feel that I would associate with Wolfman Washington for example. This track has a lot of personality with a snappy beat, nice harmonies and a warm jazz like guitar interlude. This is a real cool release.

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