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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Joyann Parker - Hard To Love - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Hard To Love, from Joyann Parker and it's solid. Opening with soulful rocker, Memphis, Parker shows a super vocal style and Mark Lamoine on slide guitar has great, fat, tone backed by Tim Wick on keys, Michael Carvale on bass and Alec Tackmann on drums. R&B track Envy is smooth with rich vocals and perfect organ backing by Wick. Another nice R&B track, Home, has a slight gospel taste to it with ideal organ backing. Parker's vocals are excellent and the song writing is super. Lamoine lays in a nicely tailored melodic guitar solo making this my choice for radio track on the release. Jigsaw Heart is nicely blended with wah wah guitar, a solid radio melody and tight vocals. New Orleans influenced Ray, has a super rhythm and of course Parker's vocals are spot on. Carvale's bass line on this track, augmented by Wick's piano lines and some western flavored guitar riffs give this track real spunk. Really stretching vocally on Evil Hearted, Parker continues to impress my ears and Lamoine's guitar lead has great poise over the tight bass lines of Carvale.  Boogie track, Your Mama, has a solid groove, with soulful vocals by Parker, reinforced by Carvale and Tackmann. Bright piano lead by Wick and Atkins like guitar riffs from Lamoine give the track that extra sparkle.   Wrapping the release is title track, Hard To Love which shows the writing style of Stevie Wonder and the clearest vocals on the release, accompanied only by piano. A strong closer for a really strong release. 

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  1. Thanks so much, Bman! That's me on lead on Evil Hearted <3 I really appreciate you taking the time to review the record!