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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Hostel Records artist: Karen Lawrence and Blue By Nature - Best of Live - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Best of Live, by Karen Lawrence and Blue By Nature and it's a solid blues rocker. Opening with shuffle track, It's All About You, lead vocalist Karen Lawrence shows raw power with strong support by Dan Potruch on drums, Charlie Diaz on bass, Rick Dufay on lead guitar and Fred Hostetler on second guitar. On soul track, Fun and Games, Lawrence really digs in with some of my favorite vocals on the release...oozing blues. With determined drumming and understated guitar work, Lawrence really has the floor to drive it home. Very nice. R&B track, I Had It All Wrong, has a super rhythm guitar roll which works nicely with Lawrence's vocal phrasing and Dufay's guitar solo is a great fit making this another top contender. Funky rocker, You Got Me Workin' has a strong pace and Dufay's slide work gives the track a Mick Taylor feel. Nice. Wrapping the release is shuffle blues rocker, I'll Get Along Alright with Lawrence showing total control and a tight cohesive band just laying in the pocket with positive accents from Potruch and Dufay. Solid closer.

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