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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Navy House Records artist: Avey Grouws Band - Tell Tale Heart - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review themost recent release, Tell Tale Heart by the Avey Grouws Band and it runs the gamit from straight up radio focused, vocal tracks and some stiff, guitar blues balladry. Opening with rocker, Love Raining Down, Jeni Grouws on lead vocal and rhythm guitar takes the lead, with Chris Avey driving the train with agressive lead guitar riffs, Randy Leasman on bass, Bryan West on drums and Nick Vasquez on keys. Crisp opener. With a strong guitar fed, R&B style Bad, Bad Year has a real nice feel. Avey has just the right amount of  gain and saturation to get a nice growl out of his guitar and Grouws vocals are sassy and powerful. Avey sets off on a gritty blues rock solo which gives the track a stinging kick. Title track, Tell Tale Heart, is a bluesy ballad with a wide open floor for Grouws to shocase her vocals and she really does a nice job. Avey's guitar soloing on this track is the stuff that guitar heroes like Gary Moore are made of with sweet phrasing and plenty of feel. Very cool. My favorite track on the release is instrumental, Mariana, which gives Avey the spotlight and he really works the guitar over with soaring lead and ripping bends. If you are a fan of David Gilmore, this seven minute plus track is a adventuresome guitar exploration and one to catch. Very cool! Funky, We're Gonna Roll, gets Avey on guitar and Grouws on the top over the rhythm of Vasquez's Billy Preston like organ work, Leasman  on bass and West on drums. This track is a mover and one that just really works well. Wrapping the lease is country style 2 stepper, Eye to Eye with Grouws belting out the lead and Aven in duet and his saturated guitar tone. This track is straightforward radio but it's well written and performed. Nice closer. 

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