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Monday, November 2, 2020

Dustin Arbuckle and the Damnations - My Getaway - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, My Getaway, from Dustin Arbuckle and the Damnations and it's a solid blues rocker.  Opening with Say My Name, Dustin Arbuckle, formerly of Moreland and Arbuckle, is upfront on harmonica and lead vocals, backed by Branden Hudspeth on guitars, Dr Mark Foley on bass, and Kendall Newby on drums. With a solid rhythm and the strong vocals that M&A was known for, this is a strong opener. With a familiar Muddy Waters like melody, ramped up tempo and Arbuckle's soulful vocals, Across The Desert is a great follow up. You Got To Go crosses further into the rock arena with R&B rhythm and soulful vocals. With a strong harp vamp and a cool guitar riff, Arbuckle's vocals ride high on top like Peter Wolf on JGB. Very cool. Darlin' Dear is a really nice radio track like Jackson Browne meets Marshall Tucker Band. Nicely blended vocals, and a strong melody are the key to this track. Another interesting track is When A Song Comes Along with just a bit more country and western flavor. It has just the right amount to make it cool and works well with Arbuckle's voice. Very nice. Wrapping the release is jazz influenced instrumental, Swingling featuring Arbuckle on lead harmonica over Hudspeth on guitar. Foley's walking bass line sets a great anchor and an eventual solo is tight. Hudspeth shows he knows a thing or two (at least) about jazz structure taking the track to another level. Excellent closer. 

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