Thursday, September 26, 2019

Earwig Music Company artist: Les Copeland - One More Foot In The Quicksand - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, One More Foot In The Quicksand, from Les Copeland and it's honest. Opening with blues rocker, Change Of Pace, Les Copeland sets up on lead vocal and guitar, backed by Cameron Ward on bass and Scott Grant on drums. On Big Bill Broonzy's When I Been Drinking, Copeland goes it alone with electric guitar. This is a particularly cool tract with solid vocals and excellent country blues style guitar accompaniment. Very cool. Freddie King's Woman Across The River gets a real funky edge. The base arrangement remains intact but Copeland's added funk gives it a really fresh feel. Copeland lays in some real nice riffs and Ward's bass lines are excellent. Another cool, country style blues track, Perfect Man Like You, blends solid vocals by Copeland, backed by flat picking and slide guitar overlays. Very nice. Slow blues number, Uncle To Aunt, gives Copeland a real nice opportunity to just stretch and show his blues chops. With only the minimal of bass and drum backing, Copeland shines. Tiny People is a real cool tune with a great melody. Featuring Copeland on lead slide (melody), this is certainly one of my favorite tracks on the release. Ray Charles' Hallelujah I Love Her So gets a savvy swing alternating Copeland vocals with cool jazzy guitar soloing. Very nice.  Another nice country blues rag is I'd Be Nothing with straight up Piedmont picking and tight vocal delivery. Title track, Just Another Foot In The Quicksand, adds a jazzy approach to a traditional country style blues. With some real nice articulation and bluesy accents, a real nice job. Closing the release is I Gotta Get Up, a jazzy R&B style track with a lot of commercial potential. This release has a number of approaches to the blues with a constant theme in acoustic style blues guitar. Take a listen.

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