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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Guitar One Records artist: The B. Christopher Band - Snapshots From The Second Floor - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Snapshots From The Second Floor, by The B. Christopher Band and is a hot one. Opening with jumping blues instrumental, All Twisted Up, B. Christopher and Studebaker John on harmonica really get your heart pumping from the very start. With Anton Fig on drums and Nick Douglas on bass, this track is terrific. The sauntering bass line by Douglas on Sugar Baby sets a terrific path for Christopher's melodic guitar lead. Very nice. take It Home has a driving boogie rhythm courtesy Douglas and Fig giving a clear runway for Studebaker and Christopher to take off. With it's Latin overtone, Who You Gonna Turn To Now really moves. Featuring Ellard James "Moose" Boles on lead vocal and some really nice slide work by Christopher this track is a solid add to the set. One of my favorite tracks on the release, Late Night Crying, has traditional blues roots with a firm bass line by Eric Collier and strong lead vocals by Boles. I really like Studebaker John taking the front on harmonica throughout the track and Christopher's guitar workout solo is scorching. Ain't That Cold is a super blend of boogie and Boles vocals and Christopher's slide work. This track has a firm bottom and screams "Boogie"! Like A Fool has that night drama as if it's under a late night detective movie. With Latin drums by Fig, a cool bass line by Douglas and really nice melodic phrasing by Christopher, punched up by volume swells and strong low fretboard bends, this track is definitely one of my favorites. Wrapping the release is Smoke... essentially Christopher playing a lush slide driven melody over piano chords. This is a really strong track and an especially solid closer for a great release. 

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