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Thursday, October 24, 2019

4142 Music artist: HeavyDrunk - Holywater - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Holywater, from HeavyDrunk and it's tasty. Opening with blues rocker, If I Loved You Hard Enough with it's firm drone bass line by Bill Ferri this band is hitting the road hard. Lead singer Rob Robinson has great pipes for this style and with backing vocals by Renee Armand, Gina Pittman, Maureen Murphy and Nicki Connely, heavy horns by Tyler Summers (sax) and Roy Agee (trombone), and strong guitar lines by Will Beeman, Kurt Stone and Robinson, this is a great opener. HeavyDrunk Holywater is a somber, gospel tinted ballad with traces of Tom Waits with lead vocal by Robinson and crisp piano work by James Hooker. Will Beeman is upfront on Keeping Up With the Kid, a swinging shuffle with an interesting story line, sassy guitar work, a strong blend of keys by Eric Bikales and James Hooker, tight horns and cool bari highlights by Summers. Clever R&B track, Somebody's Got To Take Them Panties Off, not only has the classic R&B groove with a great melody and vocals, but a more than suggestive chorus line for what has to be a big time crowd favorite. With extended time, a cool wah wah saturated guitar solo and a nicely soulful sax solo by Summers really ice this track. The Rolling Stones funky pop track, Slave, gets even more sass with the backing vocal efforts of Armond, Pittman, Murphy and Connely. Very nice. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Midnight In Harlem is up next with a lot of feeling. With calm vocals and an easy flowing rhythm, this track floats. lead guitar soloing even carries some of Derek Trucks signature riffs. Wrapping the release is Shine On, a strong ballad with a strong blues edge. Lush vocal blending and nicely placed guitar lead really floats this track, a super closer. 

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