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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Highlander Records artist: Kerry Kearney - Tales from the Psychedelta - New Release Review

 


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Tales from the Psychedelta, by Kerry Kearney and it's a cool mix of laid back delta style blues and contemporary blues rock. Opening with blues rocker, Five Time Man, Kerry Kearney shows real chops on guitar with fluid lines and crisp riffs, supporting his solid vocals. With Louie Appel on drums, Peter Bennett on bass, and Jeff Naimoli on percussion this is a strong opener. Driving rocker, Mississippi River Stomp with it's slick slide work is a great track, backed by Mario Staiano on drums, David Bennett Cohen on piano, and Ken The Rocket Korb on harmonica, this track will have you rocking in your seat (if not on your seat). Thank You Jesus is one of my favorites on the release with it's easy blues feel, acoustic slide and excellent vocals by Kearney and The Great Sam Taylor, harmonica by Charlie Wolfe Pete Kiernan on harmonica and Eileen Murphy on drums. Memphis High has a lot of the modern southern blues rock feel with it's jazzy rhythm courtesy of Murphy and Frank Celenza on bass. With it's excellent blend of Africa and New Orleans, Voodoo Down The River has a terrific feel with gripping guitar soloing by Kearney and Tony Campo on organ really reinforces the overall sensation. Taking a bit more of a bluegrass approach, with Kearney on slide and lead vocal, Wolfe on harmonica, Papa Jim Fleming on mandolin, Frank Calenza and Murphy on drums, World Train is a cool foot tapper. Wrapping the release is Schaefer Time/Duck House an acoustic guitar showpiece with excellent fingerpicking, harmonic finger work, acoustic slide and foot tap. Kearney is an accomplished singer, guitarist and writer and you don't have to listen very long to hear that. Very cool release.




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