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Friday, October 22, 2021

Hughes Taylor - Modern Nostalgia - New Release Review


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Modern Nostalgia, from Hughes Taylor and it's a cool flashback on blues interpretation over the past 50 years. Opening with bluesy rocker, Treat Me Right, lead vocalist and guitar player Hughes Taylor sounds like a well seasoned rocker. With tight bass and drum rhythm and his own rhythm guitar riffs, Hughes gets a cool groove and his KW Shepherd like slashing lead makes this opener a prime radio track. Easy paced, Dreamily blends contemporary rock music, with Dicky Betts guitar phrasing and Allman Brothers dual guitar leads to create a solid and familiar feel. Rocker, Highwayman, is one of my favorites on the release with a driving rhythm and ragtag slide work. Paired lead vocal and prime Savoy Brown like construction and Kim Simmonds style soloing makes this an ass kicker. Trouble is my favorite track on the release with a Blind Faith kind of intro and soulful vocals. I really do appreciate the Clapton like riffs bringing back the authority he once played with back in the 60's in a contemporary forum. Extended runs and solid well executed riffs really make this a no contest for best track. Wrapping the release is Excuses, a slower blues with heavy BB King fused guitar riffs. This is a great closer with Taylor taking King's notorious riffs out to the extreme not unlike Clapton or Bonamassa on their own efforts. Very nice. 

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