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Friday, August 2, 2019

Savoy Brown - City Night - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, City Night, from Savoy Brown and it's smokin'! Opening with Walking on Hot Stones, Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown is back with a vengeance. With a driving, heavy bottomed blues rocker beat, Simmonds is handling lead vocal like never before and his guitar can still breathe fire. An excellent slide player and overall guitar player, this is a great opener. I love the guitar tone that Simmonds gets on Payback Time and he has definitely refined his vocal delivery which gets closer and closer to a great blues rock delivery with every release. His lead riffs are as good as ever and at his best, he can compete with anyone. Neighborhood Blues has a real nice funky slouch and Simmonds rides the pocket with excellent, call and response like Clapton on Outside Woman Blues with the Cream. My favorite track on the release, Selfish World, conjures an eerie sense of Savoy Brown from the early 70's with it's calm but heavy undertone and easy approach giving Simmonds an excellent platform to deliver his overwhelming blues lead. Excellent! Title track, City Night, is a cool shuffle with a strong bass line by Pat DeSalvo and a solid drum rhythm by Garnet Grimm. Simmonds is comfortable over just about any rhythm and his riffs seem effortless. Wrapping the release is a relentless boogie, Ain't Gonna Worry with it's driving bass line and Simmonds' trademark guitar riffs over the turnaround. This is a real foot stomper. I'm thrilled to say that this is a really cool release and one of Simmonds best efforts in years.

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