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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Rocketnoodle Music artist: Vince Agwada - Light Of Day - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Light of Day, by Vince Agwada and I really like it! Opening with hard driving boogie track, Two Tons of Fun, Agwada lays it down hard and heavy with a track that will appeal to most anyone who loves blues music. I mean blazing slide guitar and great vocals by Agwada, pushed along by Brian Jones on drums and with Terri Lane on backing vocals, this track is excellent! Hard Headed Woman takes a basic blues and funks it up with a great bass line by Andre Howard, and drums by Brady Williams, keys by Roosevelt Purifoy, horns by Game Changer Horns and adding excellent blues guitar soloing throughout just killing it. Blues 99 has a heavy footed funk feel and it's grittiness maintains a blues rock framework with Agwada on guitar and bass, Steven Gillis on drums and Agwada's vocals are perfect. This may be the best opening 3 tracks on a blues rock release is many years.  If you lean more toward a Gary Moore 'ballad" style blues, Blue Moon Call has you covered with a solid melody and melodic guitar solo making it the top radio track on the release. Quicksand has much of the drive of Don Nix's Goin Down with just a touch of funk and stinging guitar riffs over the drumming of Steven Gillis, Andre Howard on bass and Joe Munroe on keys. Mustafa's Lament has a more laid back feel with excellent solos by Edwin Daugherty on sax and ripping guitar by Agwada. Very cool. With a cool jazzy touch and springy blues/jazz guitar riffs, Find My Baby has a great feel. With Terrence Higgins on drums, Billy Blalock on percussion and Lionel Haas on keys, this gives Agawa a really nice platform to showcase a more sensitive side of his guitar playing a la George Benson. Very nice. Wrapping the release is a more contemporary, Hendrix/rock inspired track, and title track, Light of Day. With slashing guitar phrasing by Agwada and power drum backing by Billy Blaylock, this is a strong closer for an excellent release. 

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