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Monday, January 29, 2018

SBS Records artist: Michelle Malone - Slings & Arrows - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Slings & Arrows, from Michelle Malone and it's a tight rocker. Opening with Hooker style boogie, Just Getting Started, leader Malone shows her flex vocally and lays down some real nice slide to get this party rolling. Excellent opener! Backed by Doug Kees on guitar, Robby Handley on bass, Christopher Burroughs on drums, and Trish land on percussion, Love Yourself has a really nice funky rhythm and again, nice fat slide guitar. Beast's Boogie uses acoustic guitar and harmonica against vocal and stiff legged bass drum to create a cool, Led Zep kind of powerful acoustic blues. Very cool. With Shawn Mullins joining on vocal on Otis Redding's I've Been Loving You Too Long, Malone lays down a real nice reverb saturated remake of this classic R&B track. Driving boogie, Fox and the Hound, has classic boogie rock lines and again, Malone whips out her slide and lays it open. Who doesn't love slide boogie! Another track with a super Led Zep reference via acoustic mandolin and power bottom is Civil War. mind you, this doesn't sound like Led Zep. It's just a great reference point for the roots of this music. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Boxing Gloves, a slightly country flavored blues rocker with possibly the strongest radio oriented track on the release. With tight drumming, bluesy vocals and nice slide, this is a solid closer for a real cool release.

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