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Friday, July 19, 2019

Zenith Records artist: Adam Holt - Kind of Blues - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Kind of Blues, from Adam Holt and it's solid. Opening with up beat rocker, Mr. Morning Drive featuring Adam Holt on vocals and guitars, Owen Finley on bass, Greg DeLuca on drums and Donnie Sundal on keys. With it's upfront poppy sound, nice melody and lovable tempo, this is a sure radio track. One of my favorite tracks on the release is I'm Still Holdin' On with a melodic slide lead from Lee Yankie and beautifully country style vocal blending, underscored by the pedal steel work of Mark Welborn and real nice electric blues style soloing by Holt. Very nice. Piano rocker, Give The Dog A Bone is a cool stripped down rocker with a definite country twinge. Holt really has a great voice and his sense of lyrics are great. Sundal, piano work on this track set a nice groove and Holt's guitar used as punctuation is perfect. Very cool. Another country flavored track, The Bourgeoisie really is a great track with a tight Latin rhythm. With a cool bass line, tight drums, organ accents and excellent guitar punctuation, Holt's vocals ride high on the wave. Excellent! Crossing over into jazz land, The End is a strong jazz track with a foot in country. This is the one track where Holt's vocals aren't the best part (his vocals are really strong) but the composition is really nice and the blend of organ, drums, bass and lead guitar are superb. Wrapping the release is Bob Dylan's Lay Lady Lay with a rich pedal steel guitar undercoating. maintaining much of Dylan's original arrangement and some instrumental enhancements, a strong closer. 

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