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Friday, August 23, 2019

Jersey Swamp Cats - Go Cat Go - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Go Cat Go, by the Jersey Swamp Cats and it's a lot of fun. Opening with classic, Jump Jive and Wail, The Swamp Cats are running hard right out of the chute. With Gerry Gladston on lead vocal and piano, Don Leich on vocal and guitar, Larry Ghiorsi on bass and Chris Reardon on vocal and drums this group is really humming. With a hot guitar solo by Leich and a hot piano solo by Gladston, this track is a great opener.  Boogie track, Cupcake! has a super swagger and call and response between Gladston and the band on backing vocals and Leich's guitar work is tasty and stinging. Very nice. Too Tired is a cool driving shuffle with a great loping bass line by Ghiorsi and strong vocals. I really like Leich's guitar lead on this track with a lot of movement and crisp riffs and again, Gladston is hot on the keys with excellent piano soloing. Very nice. With a great New Orleans feel, Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing, has strong rhythmic bottom and a relentless guitar lead. Backing horns and solid vocals make this one of my favorites on the release. Wrapping the release is Shiny Gray Corvette, a driving rock n roller with a multi lead vocal format over pumping JLL style piano work and excellent guitar lead. This release is a bundle of energy that doesn't let up from the first note. 

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