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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Vegas Strip Kings - Jackpot - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Jackpot, from Vegas Strip Kings, and it's a gutsy blues rocker. Opening with driving boogie, Rotgut Run, Rob Edwards on bass and Justin Truitt on drums set the pace. Jimmy Carpenter on sax adds fat sax work over his own solid vocal and Al Ek on guitar and harmonica. Strong opener.  Tex Mex track, Jesus on the Dash has a great feel with Truitt on accordion and a great melody. Blues ballad, Lately has real nice soulful vocals and Carpenter's sax work, complimented by cool rhythm and steel guitar by Ek and nice key soloing by Billy Truitt makes this a solid radio contender. Latin flavored, Screeching Halt really highlights Billy's excellent percussion work and nice sax work by Carpenter. Willie Love's V8 Ford has old school blues roots with cool slide guitar work by Ek. A musical gumbo forms when  Billy adds accordion and Carpenter sax but the solid blues spine is supported by rich slide work by Ek. Very nice. A huge dose of Cajun spices up Pawnbroker, with a snappy beat, tight accordion support and strong vocals. Ek takes his guitar for a straight walk giving the track a reference balance and his harmonica work pushes it off the edge. Very nice. Wrapping the release is country strong, Sharp As A Razor with chuggin train drum rhythm and "chickin pickin" guitar work. Edwards gets loose on bass for a few lines and really shows his stuff and Carpenter's "Randolph style" sax riffs give it a 60's vibe. A real cool closer for an interesting release. 

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