I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Heavy State Loving Blues, from Mississippi MacDonald and it's a R&B infused blues rocker. Opening with Howlin' Wolf a driving R&B track with Booker T like rhythm and Albert King style overlay on guitar by Mississippi who also leads on vocal this track is humping. Phil Dearing on guitars and keys, Elliot Boughen really romping the bass, and Texas Joe McRoury on drums holds the bottom tight. Another driving R&B flavored track, Blind Leading The Blind really shows just how soulful Mississippi's vocals are. Again Boughen's contribution on bass is vital and Vaneese Thomas on duet vocal is terrific. Mississippi's guitar work is stinging and keyboard horn work by Dearing really balances things out. Really nice. Heading South is dripping with funk with smoking hot guitar riffs by Mississippi and a strong vocal line that pays the bill. With irresistible rhythm, excellent guitar lead and great vocal backing, this is my favorite track on the release. Trouble Doing The Right Thing is a really cool track that could easily garner radio attention. It has just the right balance of R&B, guitar and melody. Wrapping the release is power slow blues track, Blues For Albert, with Mississippi laying down some really ripping blues phrasing. With only some intermediate vocal, this track is laid out blues suitable for a King. Excellent closer for an excellent release.
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