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Monday, April 8, 2019

VizzTone Label Group artist: Dennis Brennan & the White Owls - Live at Electric Andyland - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the debut release, Live at Electric Andyland, from Dennis Brennan & the White Owls and I really like it. Opening with Johnny Guitar Watson's Cuttin' In, the band has a real strong sense of direction with Brennan on lead vocal backed by Tim Gearan on guitar, Andrew Plaisted on drums, Stephen Sadler on lapsteel guitar, Jim Haggerty on bass and David Westner on organ. Bobo Jenkins' shuffle, Nothin' But Love is up next and Brennan's vocals are solid with crisp harp accents. Original track, End of the Blues, has really cool feel a bluesy R&B feel. Underlying guitar riffs, answering the call of Brennan's vocals really gives the track a super feel and unleashed guitar soloing near the end of the track gives it a great kick in the pants reminiscent of the horsepower given Muscle Shoals tracks in the late 60's by Duane Allman. Cool lapsteel wail by Sadler opens The (New) Call of the Freaks and Brennan digs in deep on harp laying down some of the best riffs on the release. Willie Dixon's I Live The Life I Love has great swagger and Brennan's vocals are perfect for this track. Mose Allison's Foolkiller has a great Latin beat and with excellent steel guitar riffs and hot harp, is certainly one of my favorites on the release. Wrapping the release is a somber rendition of the Stones, No Expectations. Sadler's precision lap slide compliments the temperament of the track perfectly and Brennan's soulful vocals on what is a basically a country blues track are very cool.

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