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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Avey Grouws Band - The Devil May Care - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Devil May Care, from Avey Grouws Band and it's a swinging blues release. Opening with shuffle, Come And Get This Love, Jeni Grouws has the leash with lead vocals backed by Chris Avey on guitars, Bryan West on drums, Randy Lesman on bass and Nick Vasquez on keys. A radio flavored track, this one is smooth.  With a driving Latin influenced beat and a western structure, Rise Up is a cool track. Not only does it give the band room to stretch, and Avey a crisp opportunity to lay down some solid riffs, it is also some of my favorite vocals by Grouws on the release. Weary is one of the coolest tracks on the release with a low key background and total vocal melody, over the glistening guitar trim of Avey and Vasquez key work. With a real Latin sway, Dirty Little Secrets has a definite groove. West sets a strong path on drums and Avey channels his inner Peter Green (Santana). Very Nice. Dig What You Do is a real rock and roller with Avey and Grouws singing a duet. This is definitely my favorite track on the release with it's grinding guitar run, rock (abilly) guitar solo and tight vocal pairing. Very cool. Wrapping the release is dusty shuffle, Two Days Off (And A Little Bit Of Liquor) and it's laid back vocal lead. With the addition of Nolan Schroeder on sax and Dan Meier on trumpet this track has a definite jazzy taste and finds Avey rolling into a great swing blues solo. Excellent closer for a solid release. 

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