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Monday, July 31, 2023

Lightning In A Bottle Records artist: Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys - Keep On Pushin' - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Keep On Pushin', from Johnny Wheels & The Swamp Donkeys and it's a cool rocker with solid R&B and blues overtones. Opening with On The Run, a poppy R&B track features John "Wheels" Kennicott on lead vocal and harmonica, Brandon Logan on guitar and vocals and Taylor Frazier on bass along with full backing by LaRhonda Steele on vocal, Steve Kerin on keys, Jimi Bott on drums. With it's great melody and overall sound, this could easily pull good radio play. This Time is a cool, bluesy rocker with vocal blending by Kennicott and Kern and horn punctuation. Kennicott's vocals are gritty and Frazier's bass line anchor's the track. Logan lays down some real nice guitar riffs here but Kennicott's harmonica work is notable as well. My favorite track on the release is As Long As You're There with it's memorable melody, solid vocals and balanced guitar work, complimented nicely with horn and keyboard backing. If you like slide guitar (and I do) Logan gets some real nice tone on The Fall, a bluesy ballad with plenty of musical tension and when he opens it up, his chops are fine. Very cool. .Wrapping the release is title track, Time To Bail (Keep On Pushin') is a contemporary blues rocker with just the right soul and guitar riff. Kennicott's vocals carry the track nicely with a solid keyboard bass and with selective guitar accents. Solid closer. 

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1 comment:

  1. This CD grows on me. After a hard day at work I find myself putting this on as soon as I get home. Thanks, Doug