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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Down In The Alley Records artists: Laurie Jane and The 45's - Midnight Jubilee - New release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Midnight Jubilee, from Laurie Jane and The 45's and it's a lot of fun. Opening with springy, country blues flavored, Wait So Long, featuring Laurie Jane Duggins on lead vocal and a greasy loose slide guitar work by Cort Duggins, solid bass by Jason Embry and rockabilly style drums by Scott Dugdale. Cool opener. Title track, Midnight Jubilee is a smooth, radio style ballad with sinewy lap steel work by Cort under some of Laurie Jane's best vocals on the release.  Howlin' Wolf's Howlin' For My Darlin' gets a rockabilly makeover and it has a great feel with swinging guitar riffs and a solid bass line. Down This Road has a cool, early 60's rock feel and Laurie Jane's lead work is tight, reinforced by snappy drum work by Dugdale. One of my favorites on the release, Couldn't Cry Alone, has a distinct old country ballad style and again gives Laurie Jane a real chance to shine. Very nice. Wrapping the release is rockabilly styled, Not With You. I really like the mix of Cort's loose guitar lead, Embry's right on bass and the New Orleans "falling down the stairs" drums styling of Dugdale.

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