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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Kerry Kearney - Black Tea - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Black Tea, from Kerry Kearney and it's solid. Opening with blues rocker, Shakin' Like Jelly, Kerry Kearney on vocal and guitar leads this tight group with Mario Staiano on drums, Gerry Sorrentino on bass, David Bennett Cohen on keys, and Charlie Wolfe on harmonica. A driving blues vamp, nice guitar soloing and Chicago style blues harping tell the tell here. Cool opener. Light shuffle track, Long Tall Mama has a kind of JJ Cale feel with light, train like drums, easy vocals and super acoustic slide. Goin' To The Mardi Gras is again in the Cale vein with running snare lines and great slide work by Kearney. A particularly cool trombone solo by Victor Poretz gives this track a nice kick making it one of my favorites on the release. Creole Woman is a blues shuffle with guts. Kearney sets his stance and riffs freely, Clapton style. making this another real standout on the release. Wake Me, Shake Me, Bake Me has a cool southern funk and great piano work by Bennett driving Kearney into some of the most inspired guitar playing on the release. Girl From Memphis wraps the release in pure acoustic blues style. Kearney accompanies himself on acoustic guitar in the manner of Blind Boy Fuller. Tight and responsive  drums by Staiano, bass by Sorrentino and harmonica by Wolfe help take it home. Nice closer.

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