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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Cool Green Recordings artist: Hollis Brown - in the aftermath - New Release Review


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, in the aftermath, from Hollis Brown and I certainly can't argue with the strength of the release. Based directly on one of the Rolling Stones best releases with an exact title lineup and even a similar cover, this is a cool release. Opening with one of the best tracks of all time (and my personal ringtone) Paint it Black, Mike Montali on lead vocal and guitar starts the magic, joined by Jonathan Bonilla on lead guitar and vocals, Andrew Zehnal on drums, Chris Urriola on bass and backing vocals and this release is humping right out of the box. Sensitive ballad, Lady Jane is as beautiful as ever with jangly guitar work over the melody and cool keyboard work by Michael Hesslein. Flight 505 is a great rocker with just the right hook and with a stiff drum riff and driving lead guitar over piano, one of the best executions on the release. High and Dry is one of those tracks that moves between rock, blues and country, accelerated by Daddy Long Legs on blues harp and foot drum. This track is basic, but I really like the presentation. Excellent! Wrapping the release is another bluesy country soaked track, Goin' Home, with it's easy shuffle feel and solid vocals. The slap snare, percussion, and harp support Montali's vocals nicely for a solid conclusion to a strong rocker. 

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