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Friday, December 4, 2020

Whiskey Bayou Records artist: Alastair Greene - The New World Blues - New Release Review

 


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The New World Blues, from Alastair Greene and it's a solid blues rocker. Opening with Living Today, a straight up blues rocker, Alastair Green is upfront on mic and lead guitar with Tab Benoit on drums and harmony vocal and Corey Duplechin on bass and backing vocal. Adding a cool funk (think Sly and the Family Stone) on Lies And Fear brings out a whole different flavor. With funky rhythm and really warm blended harmony vocals, this track is super. Benoit shows great drumming dexterity driving Greene's guitar soloing to a new place and Duplechin's bass work is spot on and tight. Excellent! With a dash of JJ Cale styling, When You Don't Know What To Do, is a solid rocker giving Green a wide open field to really punch it. His bluesy riffs balance nicely with Benoit's snappy drumming. One of my favorite tracks on the release is No Longer Amused with it's tight bluesy bottom and soulful guitar soloing by Greene. Very nice. Instrumental, Back At The Poor House is a really cool shuffle with Greene taking full reins in developing a solid groove. This is definitely a great ride. Another track with a strong bottom courtesy of Duplechin is Find Your Way Back Home with Greene carving out blues riff after blues riff. Super. With it's heaver blues rock approach, Alone And Confused is another favorite with excellent guitar runs, strong vocals and an overall gripping feel. Excellent! Wrapping the release is title track, The New World Blues, with it rock bottom and great slide vamp. Greene takes a looser approach both vocally and on guitar, not unlike Johnny Winter, on this track and he really lights it up. I really like this track and the release overall. 


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