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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

400 Bears - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, 400 Bears by a band with the same name (Paul Wilkinson, artist) and it's a cool mix or country, rock, blues and blue grass. Opening with Borderline, an easy flowing jam style track along the line of Hot Tuna with just a dash of gospel with country rock style guitar lead, organ and tight drum rhythms. Solid opener.  With a mic'd resonator and steel style riffs, Holy Place has a real country sound and a strong melody. Wilkinson's vocals and backing vocals blend just perfectly. Take It Slow is a great track with bluegrass roots and a freewheeling tempo. Wilkinson really hits the nail on the head perfectly. Based on a Jimmie Rogers rhythm, Small Town crosses over between country, jazz and blues. With a full organ chorus and light snare work under low end fret work along the lines of Bill Kirchen, this track gets into a nice groove. Finger picking a metal bodied resonator guitar and with the addition of slide, country blues style Good Bear is a terrific instrumental track and one of my favorites on the release.  Wrapping the release is Hammer, s homey, folk track with warmly blended vocals with acoustic guitar and steel guitar backing. This is a different kind of release but a nice one.

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