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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Gulf Coast Records artist: Dave Kalz - Relish - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Relish, from Dave Kalz, and it's a strong retro blues rocker. Opening with Mexico with it's drum heavy rhythm, hits the road running right from the start with Kalz on guitar and vocal, Greg Hulub on bass, Lewis Stephens on organ and Kevin McDonald on drums. Kalz of course brings experience from being a founder of Honeytribe with Devon Allman, as well as other high profile groups. On title track, Relish, with it's British blues influences, Kalz stretches a little on guitar with it's continuous guitar runs. Very cool. Werewolf Blues is one of my favorites with it's sauntering shuffle beat and realy cool electric and slide guitar riffs from Kalz and Mike Zito. Stone Cold Stuck is a hot rocker with laid out rock n roll riffs and a driving bottom. Texas style blues rocker, Route 666 not only has a great rock form but excellent guitar riffs and tone and traces of RBG. Surf rocker, She's Got A Hemi is a lot of fun and everyone knows I'm a sucker for surf tunes so there you have it... move over Dick Dale. Another track with a really solid bottom and strong blues roots is I Can't Quit Ya Baby with it's. With it's slow and suspenceful rhythm guitar work and blistering guitar riffs it reminds me of early Savoy Brown. Very cool! Wrapping the release is shuffle track, Playing The Blues With My Friends, a cool jam with Kalz working blues riffs with Mike Zito and Tony Campanella. Solid closer.
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