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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Kurt Allen - Whiskey, Women & Trouble - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Whiskey, Women & Trouble, from Kurt Allen and it's a solid rocker. Opening with Graveyard Blues, Allen wastes no time showing the grit in his voice and his guitar rumble. Backed by Lester Estelle Jr. on drums, Craig Kew on bass and Beaux Lux on keys, a super opener. Slick shuffle, Watch Your Step, has a a cool pace and tight horn unit made up of Pete Carrroll on trumpet and Trevor Turla on trombone giving Allen a broad stage to lead both vocally and on slide guitar and with solid work by Estelle and Kew. Slow blues, How Long has a nice melodic guitar lead, working nicely with Allen's vocal and horn compliment. With it's potent lead bass line and electrifying soloing, this is likely a crowd favorite for the release. Tom tom driven title track, Whiskey, Women and Trouble has an up tempo shuffle beat and plenty of blues riffs to go around. My favorite track on the release is bass driven, Funkalicious, with it's ultra funky sound. Great rhythm guitar and perfect horn work surround those raspy vocals. Excellent! With a Latin rhythm, Cry Mercy, moves nicely. Allen's vocals are solid and hi-sticking drum work really sets the track apart. Wrapping the release is rock n roller, Sweet T with it's driving rhythm guitar and keen piano work by Lux. Allen really winds it up on guitar under his lead vocal and gets the blood pumping. Solid closer. 

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