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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Rock-A-While Records artist: Kenny Parker - Hellfire - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Hellfire, from Kenny Parker and it's a nice blues rocker. Opening with Chicago style, I've Got My Eye On You, Dan Devins is the lead vocalist and also covers harmonica. Kenny parker with just the right groove lay down strong blues solo phrasing, all backed by Mike Marshall on bass, Dave Marcaccio on drums, Bill Heid on piano and Jim McCarty on guitar. Cool opener. Blind And Paralyzed is strong Muddy Waters flavored track with a strong Waters style guitar riff and a lyric play on Etta James' most popular track. With a firm pace and deliberate lead guitar work by Parker, a strong contemporary blues entry. Rock n Roller, Bye Bye Baby has great feel and tasty piano work by Leonard Moon on piano.  Title track, Hellfire, has a firm, lumbering bottom and great organ work by Chris Codish. One of my favorite tracks on the release, Parker's guitar soloing shows genuine fire and inspiration. Very cool. Bluesy ballad, I'm Missing You, has a strong melody and just a dash of old style country, including the chorus of spoken lyrics. Classic. Country flavored shuffle track, Half Crazy has a great pace and Devins' harmonica work is cool and Heid's piano work is the icing on the cake. My favorite track on the release, Backup Plan, follows a great 12 bar format with Parker showing a great response to Devins' lead vocal. Getting a real chance to stretch, Parker takes full advantage and lays down some really sweaty riffs guaranteed to make you sit back and grin. Just short of an instrumental, very nice! Wrapping the release is a hard charging rocker, Hard Times with a driving beat. Parker and Devins both show a rockier and firm hand on this riff infused closer. 

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