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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The McKee Brothers - A Time Like This - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release. A Time Like This, from The McKee Brothers, and it's bright and bouncy. Opening with How Can I Miss You Baby?, a cool swing blues with a taste of Lyle Lovett. With Denis McKee on lead vocal and guitar, Bobby West on keys, Bobby Watson on bass, Steve Stephens on drums, Lee Thornburg on trumpet, Doug Webb on sax and featuring Tim Douthit on harmonica, it's a cool opener. Soulful shuffle, It Is What It Is, has that easy swing feel that was so much a part of the Memphis sound. McKee, backed by Maxayn Lewis on vocal and with great work on keys by West really carries it nicely. With gospel overtones, Realize has a cool funky feel. The groove is really nice and strong lead work by McKee and backing vocals by Lewis, along with a little Latin spice and Thornburg and Webb's horn punctuation really makes this track one that stands out. With it's driving Fats Domino feel, Bluer Than You has that classic New Orleans piano rhythm and R&B vocal style. Joey Delgado adds some real tasty guitar work under easy shuffle, Putt Putt Hustler, complimented by Douthit's harmonica and the focused horn work by Thornburg and Webb really makes it shine. Rocker, Dawg, has a driving rhythm with Lewis' vocals more prominent and with some real nice slide work from Stan Budzynski and tight drums work by Stephens. Wrapping the release is radio track, Surreal Love, with it's vocal driven lead and smooth melody. Solid closer for a flavorful release. 

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