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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Lightning In A Bottle Records artist: The Sugar Roots - Savage's Life - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Savage's Life, from The Sugar Roots and it's a strong blues rocker. Opening with Going Nowhere Fast, a solid boogie, Chad Rupp on lead vocal and harmonica really pumps it up with excellent guitar support from JT Thomas, Samuel Gendler on piano, Timmer Blakely on bass and Chandler Bowerman on drums. Excellent opener. Title track, Savage's Life is really impressive with Rapp laying down some of the most supple vocals I've heard in quite a while. I've always been partial to Bobby Tench (Jeff Beck Group) and Rupp, who's voice is cut from the same cloth is great. With only the minimal of backing instrumental, a tight little guitar solo by Blakely and great backing vocals by Melanie Owen, Lisa Mann, Karen Lovely and Rae Gordon, I love this track. Funky, Rain Checkin', is really cool with a bouncy bottom courtesy of Blakely and Bowerman and Lloyd Jones really shines on guitar with hot horn backing by Chris Mercer on sax and Joe McCarthy on trumpet. Bluesy, It's A Sin is another great track showcasing Rupp's vocals, McCarthy and Mercer on horns and Rupp's own guitar riffs tearing it up. Another infectious track is Something Wicked This Way Comes with it's droning bass line paired with Rupp's vocal and melodic guitar lead, and harmonica work by Johnny Wheels. Wrapping the release is smoking hot, 1 4 5 Boogie with Rupp rolling it up tight on vocal and harmonica, chased by JT on guitar and Gendler on organ. This release is really a lot of fun and highly recommended.  

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