just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Buchanan Lane, from Yates
the indie Qualified Records label, and it moves. Opening with
Yates on piano sets a great stage, backed by his father Kevin McKendree and Big
Joe Maher on drums and percussion. Excellent opener. On BB King's Ruby Lee, Yates moves over to guitar and lead vocal showing
excellent versatility. With classic rhumba/blues styling, this track really
swings. Backed by Kevin on piano, Steve Mackey on bass, Jim Hoke on sax, Andrew
Carney on trumpet and Roland Barber on trombone, this track is tight. Original
track, No Justice really digs in
with Yates playing lead guitar, bass, drums and organ (and singing) joined by
Kevin on piano. If you wonder if this kid has chops... listen to this track.
Excellent! Earl King's funky R&B blues number, Always A Good Time gives Yates a chance to show
even more style on vocal and guitar, with Kevin on Hammond B3, Greg Garner on
bass, Kenneth Blevins on drums, Jim Hoke on sax, Andrew Carney on trumpet and
Roland Barber on trombone. Funky New Orleans track, Qualified surely tastes like Dr. John gumbo with Yates on
vocal and guitar and Kevin on signature piano, Garner on bass, Blevins on
drums, Hoke on sax, Carney on trumpet, Barber on trombone. With the the McCrary
Sisters backing it all up, this track hums. Guitar Slim's It Hurt's To Love Someone, is explosive with Yates again
showing another root in his playing skill. His vocals are pure and his riffs
vibrant. Another excellent slower blues track is Tampa Red's Please Mr. Doctor. Yates not only sings soulfully but
hammers the blues out of his guitar in grand fashion. Excellent! Wrapping the
release is original composition, Voodoo, with a funky back
beat. Featuring Kevin on Hammond and real nice guitar riffs by Yates, this is
an excellent closer for a really excellent release.
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