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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

American Showplace Music artist: Brandon Santini - The Longshot - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review to most recent release, The Longshot, from Brandon Santini and it's a stripped down blues rocker. Opening with Don't Come Around Here No More, Brandon Santini is upfront on lead vocal and his vocals are particularly strong. Backed by Timo Arthur on guitar, Chuck Combs on bass, Reed Muchow on drums, John Ginty on keys and Moe Watson on backing vocal this is a super opener with hot harp riffs by Santini. With a country two step feel, Drive You Off My Mind has a cool open road feel with snappy drums and added percussion by Michael Bram. Greg Gumpel really adds nice slide guitar riffs under the lead vocal, paired with Santini's own harp work and saturated in Ginty's organ flow making this one of the best tracks on the release.  I really like Arthur's guitar tone on Back To You pushing into a foot stomping, lumbering drive. Santini works back and forth between lead vocal and crisp harp riffs giving the track a fine flow and Arthur's guitar soloing is pressing. Very cool. Another straight up rocker, My Worried Mind and cool jangly guitar riffs and a solid bass line with emphasis on the harp and modern blues guitar riffs. Willie Dixon's Evil (Is Going On) has a really nice funky bass line and glistening key work by Ginty under raspy distorted vocals by Santini. I really like this take on Dixon's classic and Santini seals the deal with his fluid harp soloing. Very nice. Wrapping the release is rocker, Somebody's Gotta Go in contemporary blues rock style. Laid back vocal delivery and a driving rock rhythm are the key here providing an open lane for Santini to close the show. This is a real solid release and one that should continue Santini's foothold as one of todays blues rock innovators.

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