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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Wayne Nicholson & John Campbelljohn - Elmore's Blues - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Elmore's Blues, from Wayne Nicholson & John Campbelljohn and it's a tight blues rock package. Opening with I May Be Wrong, a cool blues rocker, Nicholson has the mic with strong partnership with Campbelljohn on guitar, Bruce Dixon on bass, Neil Robertson on drums, Barry Cooke on piano and Kim Dunn on organ. Cool opener. On Elmore James classic, Standing at the Crossroads, Campbelljohn really digs in with his slide giving this track a great feel. If I Was Blue is a cool, original, bluesy, ballad showcasing Nicholson's vocals and showing a more bluesy side of Campbelljohn's guitar style. No Love In My Heart has a great Latin flavor with snappy percussion work from Robertson and great swing work by Campbelljohn. Another Elmore James track, Sinful Woman is one of my favorites on the release with just the right pace and nicely formed guitar runs. Shake Your Money Maker is a classic Elmore James song a lot of spring and trademark slide riffs by Campbelljohn and solos by Dixon and Robertson. Very cool. Strange Kinda Feeling stands out with Campbelljohn soloing on lap steel and a hot rockin' beat. Wrapping the release is Dancin' With The Blues, a cool shuffle track with a solid blues framework. This is a cool release with great lead vocal by Nicholson and showcasing the guitar work of Campbelljohn. 

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