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Thursday, March 12, 2020

World Talent Records artist: The Forrest McDonald Band - Blues In A Bucket - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Blues In A Bucket, from The Forrest McDonald Band, and it's a solid release of blues, funk and soul. Opening with New Orleans soaked, Boogie Me Till I Drop, Andrew Black leads the way on vocal with Forrest McDonald on guitar, Lee Gammon on bass, John McKnight on drums, Matthew Wauchope on piano, Jimmy King on trumpet and Norman Franks on sax. Cool opener.  Slow Blues, Blues In A Basement is an excellent showcase for Blacks lead vocal, with super organ work by Wauchope, really hot guitar riffs by McDonald and with Jon Schwenke on bass and Tony Carey on keys, one of my favorite tracks on the release. Another track with real style is Windy City Blues which is a great stage for McDonald's guitar chops. With warm horn backing and Blacks soulful vocals, a solid entry. McDonald had the mic on Misery and Blues and blended in call and response with his own guitar lead, and a cool harmonica solo by Pix Ensign and solid brass reinforcement, one of my favorite tracks on the release. Becky Wright takes the mic on Powerhouse and her powerful soul richness gives this track real heat. Wrapping the release is another New Orleans hi stepper, Let The love In Your Heart with a super lively rhythm. Wright and Black share the lead vocal spot and with tight drumming by McKnight, Ensign on harmonica and the firm backing of King and Franks, an excellent closer. 

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