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Friday, May 7, 2021

The Halley DeVestern Band - Live - Money Ain't Time - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Money Ain't Time Live by The Halley DeVestern Band and it's a bluesy rock live show. Opening with Aretha's Chain Of Fools, Devestern sticks pretty close to Franklin's original arrangement with Thomas Heinig on bass, Steve Jabas on guitar, Dave Patterson on guitar and Rich Kulsar of drums. Shifting from soul to R&B/ blues and Joplin's Try, Devestern shows great attitude and style. Not travelling far from the original arrangement but interjecting a little Ten Years After DeVestern pumps up the track. Very cool. On original and title track, Money Ain't Time, the band gets real traction showing the texture of DeVestern's vocals and some real nice blues guitar riffs. Very nice. Bluesy ballad, American Pain is another strong track and one of my favorites on the release. With it's nice melody and rugged approach, it just hits the slot. Very nice. Everybody's favorite slow blues jam, T Bone Walker's Stormy Monday is up next but DeVestern wanders from the melody (although the melodic instrumental structure is intact). This variation on the theme adds a bit more interest and a good part of 4 minutes of guitar improvisation makes this another contender for favorite on the release. Wrapping the release is Mighty Love with African/Island influenced rhythms and a light poppy, Police style approach. The snappy rhythm of Kulsar drives this track as it winds into a whimsical conclusion. 

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