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Thursday, January 5, 2023

South Island Rhythm Kings - Still That Way Today - New Release Review


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Still That Way Today, from South Island Rhythm Kings and it's a rolling blues party. Opening with title track, Still That Way Today, "Lazy" Mike Mallon on harmonica and lead vocal, heads this cool shuffle, with Carson Mallon on guitar, Dan Dube' on keys, Nick Dokter on drums, and Jack Lavin on bass. Solid opener. Cool vocal blending on Sonny and Brownie's Cornbread Peas Black Molasses gives this easy shuffle the wealth added to the genre by the originals with authenticity, and nice riffs by both Mallons. On Jimmy Raney's You Drink Too Much Booze, Dube' really adds nicely with tasty piano riffs under Mikes vocals. Very cool. Carson's vocal/guitar lead on Someday really hits the spot with a lot of punch. His riffs are tight and his vocals swing. Very nice. Carson and Mike both dig in deep on slow blues, I Live Out In The Country, with Muddy Waters style slide work by Carson and strong vocals/harmonica by Mike are nicely complimented by Dube'. Excellent. Wrapping the release is Tabby Thomas' Hoodoo Party with it's solid bottom by Lavin and Dokter. With Carson back on vocal, Mike gets a chance to blow it out and Dube' adds some excellent rolls on piano. This is a cool track and a solid closer for a solid release. 

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