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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Down In The Alley Records artist: Laurie Jane & The 45's - Late Last Night - Elixir of Sara Martin - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Late Last Night - Elixir of Sara Martin, by Laurie Jane & The 45's and it has a vintage sound and some down right rockin'. Opening with title track, Late Last Night, the band tries to capture the spirit of Louisville's prohibition era's Sara Martin with contemporary twists and execution. Laurie Jane Duggins has the vocal lead with Cort Duggins on guitar and piano, Scott Dugdale on drums, Jason Embry on bass and Brian Hogg on sax. Blind Man Blues has a staid Basin Street pace showing cool trumpet work by Eric Snyder and guitar soloing by Screamin' John Hawkins. maintaining much of it's original patina, Strange Lovin' Blues is raw with cool slide and some of my favorite vocals on the release. Sugar Blues is a solid blues rocker with a strong vocal line and rocking guitar riffs. Very cool. Atlanta keeps much of the early blues house feel with the jangling piano and modest fidelity. Wrapping the release is T'aint Nobody's Business with great swing and clean modern vocals by Laurie Janie and nice horn backing by Snyder and Hogg over the crisp piano work of Cort, winding out with a super New Orleans style jam with all instruments blazing. Nice closer for a solid release.

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