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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Karl Stoll and the Danger Zone - The Workhouse - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Workhouse, from Karl Stoll and the Danger Zone and it's a cool blues flavored rocker. Opening with Meet Me In New Orleans, a cool,  NO flavored rocker with a snappy drum line by Brian Alpert. Upfront is Karl Stoll on lead vocal and guitar, backed by John Dickson on harmonica, Dean Dalton on bass, with David Torkanowsky on piano, Joe Brotherton on trumpet, Megan Nortrup on sax, David Sager on trombone, and Josh Howell on percussion. Cool party opener. Title track, The Workhouse is a solid contemporary interpretation of delta blues with Stoll on acoustic guitar and vocal paired with Dickson on harmonica with spartan drums and bass backing. Very clean.  He Was My Dad is a strong, driving boogie with a heavy bass line by Dalton and solid slide guitar work by Paul Bell and a hot harmonica solo by Dickson. Real nice. On a cool, T Bone Walker style track, Bad Girl, Stoll drops the band back with predominant lead vocal, shimmery lead guitar, and cool interwoven trumpet (Brotherton) and harmonica (Dickson). The powerhouse rocker on the release is Great Rain with a solid Hendrix riff driving the train. This is the best track to show off Stoll's vocal and guitar prowess, with a heavy drum  and bass bottom and organ work by Lepson. This is a firm rock release with a little for everyone. 

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