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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Polymerase Records artist: Tom Gilberts - Old School - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Old School, from Tom Gilberts and it really is "Old School" style blues rock. Opening with "Lady" Luck, a slow 12 bar blues featuring everybody's favorite format...3 piece combo. Tom Gilbert on lead guitar and vocal, Brian Foxworth on drums and Dave Captein on bass gives this release a solid opener. Instrumental, Zoot Suit Shuffle has a brisk tempo giving Gilbert plenty of space to showcase his fluid guitar riffs. Title track, Old School, is another fast paced shuffle, this time featuring Gilbert on slide guitar and vocal. Hi playing is melodic and just a little edgy making it perfect for this track. My Paper Bag is another cool instrumental with a cleaner tone and more of a Texas style guitar riff sequence and lope. Very cool. Instrumental, Brown's Camp has a cool, funky beat and warm, round tone placing it in a more southeastern blues camp with the likes of Warren Haynes. Very nice. Nighttime may be my favorite track on the release with it's somber melody, lower octave guitar work and a Texmex influence. Wrapping the release is The Fuzz, a real butt kicker with a funky beat, a lot of bottom and searing guitar riffs. With the addition of fuzz tone on the guitar lead this is an excellent closer for a totally enjoyable release. 

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