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Friday, February 23, 2018

Louis Gearsgifter Youngblood - Self Titled - New release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the first full band release from Louis "Gearshifter" Youngblood and I really like it. Opening with driving blues rocker, Juke Joint, Gearshifter has a cool, loose, "Mississippi" delivery, backed by Matt Patton and Larry Morrisey on drums. His own guitar style is loose and cool. On traditional track, Rabbit In A Log, Gearshifter delivers like a pro. His vocals are cool, relaxed and rich, his guitar work has sting and organ backing by Jimbo Mathus is understated and solid. No Working Blues sounds like it's right out of a juke joint with it's crude but SRV like guitar riffs and rhythmic vocals. I really like this track which has a golden groove. A Big Change has a regal feel in almost a Screaming Jay vein. Gearshifters' loose guitar style is super and his vocals are rare. Very cool. Jimmy Olden's Goin' Down Slow has a slick, R&B feel but Gearshifter's vocals are all blues. Although not technically SRV, his riffs are every bit as soulful. Very nice. One of the top tracks on the release is Bobby Blue Bland's You've Got To Hurt Before Your Heal with a super melody, strong vocals and it's genuine R&B feel. Another crisp "club style" blues number featuring Youngblood accompanying himself on guitar is Bad Avenue with a cool story and tight blues riffs. Shuffle track, Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On is one of this tracks that just puts a smile on your face. A snappy pace that you can hardly resist bouncing to is the basis of the track and Youngblood's authentic vocals are spot on with his country spanking guitar riffs. Excellent! Wrapping the release is Youngblood original, Get Rich And Marry You with an easy, country two step feel. laid back and real, it's a real cool closer for a real strong release.

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