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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Cara Being Blue - Grit - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Grit, from Cara Being Blue and it's got grit! Opening with title track, Grit, Cara Lippman shows a heap of swagger with thick, soulful lead vocals and solid backing vocals by Mandy Vixen. Guitar lead by Val Lupescu, keys by Eric Robert, drums by Flip Winfield and bass by Jonathan Nixon and solid horn punch by Miqui Gutierrez on sax, and Varney Green on trombone. Rock flavored ballad, One Day, has classic lines and nicely showcases Cara's voice. Lupescu's melodic guitar lead gives the track a regal feel and Tim Gonzalez on harmonica a bluesy flavor. Jack Pearson lays out a nice guitar intro on slow blues ballad, You Don't Wanna, with tight accents by Matt Doctor on drums. Robert's keyboard soloing on this track really adds a nice contrast to the overall tension of the track. Very nice. Nicely articulated guitar soloing by Lupescu gives Old Feelin' a great footing out of the gate, warmed by Gonzalez's gripping harmonica overtones. The tempo and overall feel of this track is very nice. Bring on the horns for Kind Kinda Man,  an up-tempo shuffle track. Robert's keys, cool trombone work by Greene and sassy sax work by Gutierrez are super accents to Cara's casual vocal attack. matt Doctor is up on drums on My Doggie giving it a pure "Stubblefield" rhythmic  funk. Cara manages the band nicely with blues phrasing and Gonzalez steps up nicely with fresh harmonica riffs. Very nice. Wrapping the release is country flavored, Some Fun with Winfield ripping some flashy "chickin pickin" riffs and Cara letting her hair down for some fun wrapping it up. 

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