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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Joe Lewis Band - Up Next - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Up Next, from the Joe Lewis Band and I really like it. Opening with I Like It, obviously influenced by Hill Country music and with traces of Gary Clark, this track has a great bottom by Tom Cole on bass and Derrick Enyard on drums and strong vocals by Lewis who also plays lead guitar. Up tempo, Can I Get With You and it's walking guitar and bass lead sets a super feel for a mix between blues, rock, gospel and pop. Lewis isn't bashful on guitar really ramping up his short guitar blasts. Soulful, Broken Angel Of The Delta, is the definite radio track on the release with it's lush melody, super vocals and reverb soaked guitar work. Lewis will likely get strong airplay with this mix of vocal and bluesy guitar soloing. Very nice. With a funky soul feel, Do Drop Inn really has a nice groove with just the right rhythm guitar effort and minimal bass and drums to cradle Lewis' vocals and allowing an excellent opening for explosive guitar soloing. Strong. Guitar instrumental, Twang A Doodle Boom Boom has a fast paces boogie beat. Lewis shows he really can do some nice picking as well. Low slung shuffle, Baby Rocks The Boat has a great lope and ventures into Texas and that SRV feel. Lewis again solos on the guitar but baits you more than rips it with great tasteful lines. Wrapping the release is Jesus I Love The Way you Love, a simple, light ballad. With blended vocals by Lewis, Cole and Enyard and a compact radio style guitar solo, a cool closer.

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