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Monday, October 26, 2020

Tony O. - Blues O' Blues - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Blues O' Blues, from Tony O. and it's solid old school electric blues. Opening with You Upset Me Baby, Tony O, who has played with a who's wo of blues greats including Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Rogers, Victoria Spivey, and James Cotton (to name a few) is upfront on vocal and guitar and his playing style, quite reminiscent of BB King keeps you bopping with super backing by The Uptown Horns. On rolling blues number, So Excited, Tony takes an extended intro and a driving bass line and great horn support to Tony's solid guitar lead. Very cool. One of my favorites on the release, My Love Strikes Like Lightning, has strong tempo, punchy horns and really tasty lead guitar phrasing. Jimmy Rogers', You're So Sweet, is up next and Tony leads with solid harmonica and vocal. Excellent piano and snappy drum and bass work give this track real zing. R&B style track, It's Just A Matter Of Time, is a real showcase for the tasteful guitar work of Tony with excellent sense of style. Very nice! Wrapping the release is fast boogie, Just Drive, with Tony playing both guitar and harmonica solos. This is a cool closer for a strong release.




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