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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Jim Roberts & The Resonants - A Month of Sundays - New Relese Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, A Month of Sundays, from Jim Roberts & The Resonants, and it's a cool blues, rock country fusion. Opening with blues rocker, Skeeters, Jim Roberts on lead vocal and slide guitar sets a strong pace. With a funky bass line by Rick Hollander, a hot sax solo by Pat Zicari and with Bobby Spencer on sax and Michael Leasure on drums, this is a solid opener. With a contemporary take on delta style blues on What Her Evil Do, Roberts vocals are deep and rich, slide acoustic guitar  is tight and mandolin tasty and Joey Gomez adds a nice harmonica top giving it just the right touch. Title track, A Month of Sundays is a cool, jazzy track with a great bass line by Hollander. Hi fret slide work by Roberts over Hollanders bass line and the crisp drum work of Mike Harvey is strong. This track has that special weave making it my radio choice on the release. Long Haired Mississippi Hippie has a great groove with that North Mississippi Hill County sound. A lumbering beat, great lyric pattern, plucky bass and wailing slide makes this one of the coolest rockers I've heard in a while. Yes sir! Power blues rocker, Pay The Price has a great bottom and with it's rock like slide work, brings to mind Led Zep. Vocal harmonies by give this track a cool feel but it's the rock beat working that slide that gets ya. Love it! Another track, based on delta styling but with a contemporary flavor is Moonshine Maiden. A simple guitar riff, overlaid with soaring slide over a simple kick drum is all it takes with Robert's vocals. Excellent! Wrapping the release is a bluegrass flavored track, Steppin' Out with Roberts on slide and Hollander on  Banjolele. This is a cool track and a cool closer for a really cool release. 

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