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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Jeff Dale and the South Woodlawners - Blues Power - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to preview the most recent release, Blues Power, by Jeff Dale and the South Woodlawners, and it's different. As I listen to it I think... the blues meets Captain Beefheart (Willie the Pimp). Opening with Toxic Stew, a cool, unassuming Jeff Dale leads on vocal and slide guitar and there's that deep tone of Pat Zicari's bari sax...woah. Derek Phillips on keyboards, Charlie love on guitar, Orlando Wright on bass and Tim Austin on drums makes up a solid band. Title track, Blues Power has a "revival" sound with handclaps and acapella vocals. Winding up, Wright's bass line and Austin's drums provide an excellent bottom for Dale's slide work. Another cool, swampy track is Middle Class Moan with it's unwieldy swagger, funky vocals, and the great mix of instrumental players with the add of Glen Doll on sensuous harp and the trumpet riffs of Lee Loughnane and group backing vocals. Very cool. With a Bo Diddley beat compliments of Clark Pardee, Best Kind of Trouble is a party gone to rumble. With Dales vocal and slide, Sherry Pruitt and Marvin Etzioni on backing vocals, this track is gone to fast. with it's rockabilly feel, Let's Buzz is hopping. Pat Zicari has his sax humming and Jon Siembieda gets that guitar rhythm going. On Undercover Man, a funky New Orleans style blues rocker, Dale sets a really nice groove and Dale and Carmelo Bonaventura lays out some nice guitar soloing with Aaron Barnes on bass and Brian Lara on drums. broken down blues track, Black Crow is a cool, old style blues number with Dale on cigar box and slide guitar, Siembieda and Bonaventura on guitars and Aaron Barnes on bass. Wrapping the release is piano boogie, Can I Boogie running hard with Dale on vocal and full horn compliment. Zicari busts loose with another hot sax solo and Phillips piano work is really cool. Great closer for a fun release. 

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