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Monday, December 2, 2019

Lotus Eater Records artist: Troy Gonyea - Click Click Spark - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Click Click Spark from Troy Gonyea and it's hot. Opening with rocker, (Do The) Curl Up And Die, Troy Gonyea who handles lead vocal, guitar and harmonica is setting this live audience up for a real treat. Backed by Brooks Milgate on piano, Marty Ballou on bass and Marty Richards on drums, this is a great opener. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Magic Sam's That's Why I'm Crying with it's dramatic soulful bluesy lead work. Gonyea's vocals are smoking, with Milgate on B3 and his guitar playing is excellent with strong lead phrasing and glistening fanned chords. On Willie Dixon's Bring It On Home, it's Gonyea's vocal/harmonica pairing that does the ticket. Holding tight to the classic styling, Milgate's piano adds texture. Tell Heaven is a terrific track that makes you sweat. A low, gritty blues, it digs in deep with John Lee Hooker like grip and Gonyea's wailing vocal and contemporary raw blues styling fans the flames. Another of my favorite tracks on the release is Duster Bennett's Jumping At Shadows. Gonyea's vocals are spot on and the tension is thick. His Clapton influenced but clearly inspired guitar soloing is clean and fresh and the overall blend is excellent. Wrapping the  release is Magic Sam's I Feel So Good, with it's guitar vamp and Gonyea coaxing the crowd to boogie. This is a great closer for a really strong live release. 

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