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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Cathy Grier + The Troublemakers - I'm All Burn - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, I'm All Burn, from Cathy Grier + The Troublemakers and it's a cool blend of R&B and blues. Opening with title track, I'm All Burn, Cathy Grier is upfront on vocal and guitar, backed by Deirdre Fellner on backing vocal, Jim Ohlschmidt on guitar, Larry Byrne on organ, Greg Roteik on bass, matt Liben on drums, Pauli Ryan on percussion, and with great horn work by Andrew Spadafora on sax, Joe Neimann on trumpet and Mike Lizzo on trombone. Down on My Knees is a cool pop R&R track with clean vocals, great bari sax work and a tight dance rhythm. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Backyard Blues with strong, soul vocals by Grier, solid slide by Greg Koch and Steve Cohen on harmonica.  Bluesy ballad, Easy Come Easy Go is a terrific showcase for Grier's voice and warm organ work by Byrne cements the deal. Very nice. Bobbi Gentry's Ode To Billy Joe gets a slightly funkier rework and with the addition of Howard Levy on harmonica a bluesier overall feel. This is a cool rework of a mostly forgotten track. Wrapping the release is Cathy's Bike Song, a somber blues track with Grier accompanying herself on cigar box guitar. This is a special track that creates solid tension.


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