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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Lyle Odjick & The Northern Steam - Through The Rain - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Through The Rain, by Lyle Odjick and The Northern Steam, and it's a cool look at traditional blues from a modern perspective. Opening with Misery Train, Lyle Odjick on harmonica plays solo with a foot stomp, creating the huff and puff of an old steamer. On shuffle, Cut Me Loose, Odjick gets his harmonica going along with lead vocal, backed by Ben Griggs on guitar, Mike Turenne on bass, Rick Griggs on lead and rhythm guitar and Fred Sebastian on drums. Very cool. On a funky take on Sleepy John Estes', Leaving Trunk, it's Tony D's guitar riff that sets the stage and Odjick works the lead on vocal and harmonica. With some tasty roofs, this is a solid track. Boogie track, Bad For You, is one of my favorite tracks on the release with a solid guitar vamp and tasty harmonica riding the wave. Very nice. Slow blues, Broken Man gives Tony D a real nice opportunity to show his blues chops with extended fluid lead guitar runs and Odjick really amps it up on harmonica giving this track real tension. Solid. On title track, Through The Rain, Odjick really sets a driving pace and Tony D hits it on slide guitar giving the track a rickin' Foghat like sound, capped by Odjick on harmonica. Wrapping the release is Jimmy Roger's blues shuffle, Rock This House, with Jason Fryer adding the lead on guitar and Odjick really getting it on harmonica. Sam McGee's keyboard work on this track really adds to the overall feel of the track making this an excellent closer. 

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