Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Mark Newman - Empirical Truth -- New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Empirical Truth, from Mark Newman and it's a solid rocker. Opening with a cool, slide saturated boogie, Scapegoat, Mark Newman leads off on vocal with Craig Privett on bass, Shawn Murray on drums and Kevin McKendree on keys. Solid opener.  Mississippi Mile is a super rocker that could garner strong radio appeal with it,s straightforward melody and classic slide sound. A fast walking bass line by Privett and with it's slightly countrified beat, confirmed by Newman's finger picking guitar work and strong vocal harmony with Jacob Koch. Very nice. One of my favorites on the release is Sharin' The Blues with it's low slung attack and acoustic slide. Slightly jazzy, slightly funky, Everything You Know, is a real nice instrumental with paired lead guitars on melody. McKendree's keyboard anchors the tune so that Newman can slide tunefully and Murray's drumming is tight and strong. Very nice. Lowell George's Roll Um Easy is a nice surprise with an easy, Jackson Browne like approach. Newman's voice, blended perfectly with Naomi Margolin's over a simple picked resonator and slide. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Lycanthropy, a contemporary style rocker.  A solid, Todd Rundgren like composition, its a great radio track and a strong closer. 

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