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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Whiskey Bayou Records artist: J.P. Soars - Let Go Of The Reins - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Let Go Of The Reins, from J.P. Soars and he takes you on a wild guitar saturated ride. Opening with Been Down So Long, a cool funky blues country "Elvin Bishop" kind of thing, Soars really sets a strong groove. Soars sets a funky rhythm guitar and vocal lead base over drums by Tab Benoit, B3 by Tillis Verdin, bass by Chris Peet. His lead guitar soloing ins smart and funky with a cool blues edge. Excellent opener. Osark Mountain Daredevils hit, If You Wanna Get To Heaven is a fairly straight forward remake of the original but with rip roaring guitar picking replacing the trademark harmonica riff. Very cool. One of my favorite tracks on the release is funky instrumental, Crow's Nest with it's a great rhythmic beat, Soars' ultra funky guitar solos and a super B3 solo by Verdin. Nice! Lonely Fire is a radio style track with a solid melody but it's the acoustic Spanish guitar playing by Soars that really gets this track flying. Very nice. Django Reinhardt's instrumental, Minor Blues is another of my favorite tracks with a quiet, bass and drums backing and excellent, "Gypsy", guitar sound and very articulate guitar styling. Excellent! Old style country track, Old Silver Bridge, wraps the release featuring Benoit on acoustic guitar and Soars on lead vocal, acoustic guitar, dobro and Merlin Dulcimer for a quiet soothing closer.

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