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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm Method - Black Crow Callin' - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Black Crow Callin', from Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm Method and it's a serious blues rocker. Opening with Hard Hearted World, Polly O'Keary attacks on vocal and bass with a take no prisoners drive. Backed by Tommy Cook on drums  and with punishing guitar riffs by David Miller and solid piano work by Eric Robert, this is a great opener. Red Light is another driving rocker with a thumping bass line and scorching hot guitar riffs. Slow blues number, Black Crow Callin' shows a more sensitive side of O'Keary with rich vocals, and Jim McLaughlin on harp. Miller's blues guitar phrasing on this number are rich and fluid. Excellent! High stepper, Yours To Lose, is really pumped up by the Powerhouse Horns featuring Rich Cole on sax and Pete Kirkman on trumpet and the grinding guitar riffs of Miller. Very cool. Reconciled is a solid blues ballad that not only gives O'Keary a chance to belt one out but also Miller an excellent to soar on guitar. Very nice. Funky, Plan B, not only gets another dimension with the backing horns of the Powerhouse Horns and  Cole on sax but also is a strong showcase for O'Keary's bass work and hot guitar lead by Miller. Wrapping the release is I Am The One which could be a modern take on John Lee Hooker with it's suspenseful blues lines. O'Keary's vocals and firm bass work carry the track, nicely complimented by McLaughlin on harp. Fat guitar soloing by Miller drives the tension to a frenzy over O'Keary's bass bottom. Very cool closer for a cool release.

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