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Monday, April 1, 2019

Stony Plain Records artist: Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson - Amour - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Amour, from Colin Linden & Luther Dickinson with the Tennessee Valentines and it's not only musically cool but a lot of fun. Opening with traditional instrumental, Careless Love, Linden on electric dobro and Dickinson on electric guitar, and only a minimal amount of percussion, a beautiful sound emerges with the thickness of a Mississippi swamp and the depth of morning fog. Excellent! On Jesse Stone's Don't Let Go, Rachael Davis and Ruby Amanfu join on vocal giving this popular track real spunk. Jimmy Reed's Honest I Do features Davis again on vocals, has a super blues swagger and reverb saturated guitar. Very cool. I really like the Sam Palladio lead/ Rachael Davis harmony on Ralph Mooney's Crazy Arms and Linden and Dickinson' guitar mix over Dominic Davis on bass, Bryan Owings on drums and Kevin McKendree on piano is pure gold. Billy Swan original, Lover Please, features Swan on lead vocal coupled with Davis making for a super country rocker with nice accordion work by Fats Kaplin. Ruby Amanfu takes center stage on Chuck Willis' What Am I Living For giving it a powerful rework. Luther and Colin add authentic country riffs and a tight structure over McKendree's organ work. Wrapping the release is  I Forgot To Remember To Forget featuring Jonathan Jackson on lead vocal and Luther and Colin playing ethereal electric guitar parts floating to the end of the release. Very nice.


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