Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Mary Jo Curry Band - Front Porch - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Front Porch, from The Mary Jo Curry Band, and it's a cool blues rocker. Opening with Nothin' Is Easy, a romping boogie, Mary Jo Curry is a solid leader and vocalist with Albert Castiglia on guitar, Rick Snow on drums, Chris Rogers on bass Michael Rapier on slide guitar, Brett Donovan on Hammond and Brian Moore on sax. Cool opener. Shuffle track, All Your Lies, really showcases Curry's vocal prowess and with a swell of Hammond by Donovan, riding drums by Snow and a flurry of guitar work by Rapier. Bluesy ballad, Explaining The Blues, shows the silky smoothness of Curry's voice and with warm keys from Ezra Casey creating tension and tight ride cymbal by Snow. I like guitar shuffle, Shake & Bake, featuring the fancy finger work of Tom Holland on guitar, backed by Snow, Rogers (who lays in a cool bass solo), Rapier, Casey and with a heavy sax solo by Moore. Very cool. Edgar Winter's, We All Had A Real Good Time, is a good fit for this band with it's funky, R&B feel and Castiglia lays in a real nice solo over the infectious bass line of Rogers. Wrapping the release is funky, gospel number, Joyful, with it's changeups in timing and rich bass lines. This is a cool closer for a cool release. 

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