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Monday, September 25, 2023

Gulf Coast Records artist: Backtrack Blues Band - A Day By The Bay - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, A Day By The Bay, by Backtrack Blues Band, and its a solid live performance recorded at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival in 2022. Opening with Best Friend's Grave, Sonny Charles on lead vocal and harmonica is in the groove with excellent guitar work by Kid Royal, and supported by Little Johnny Walter on rhythm guitar, Joe Bencomo on drums, Stick Davis on bass, Wayne Sharp on B3 and strong backing vocals by LaTonya Oliver and Dana Merriwether. Solid opener. Dixie Grill is a cool boogie with a great rhythm. Charles, on lead vocal ramps up his harmonica with strong phrasing over the rhythm of Sharp on B3. Times Is Hard is my favorite track on the release featuring Royal on lead vocal. With it's slow, deep blues feel, both Charles and Royal get plenty of time to stretch. Sharp lays in a real nice B3 solo building more tension before Royal comes back with excellent guitar phrasing to sew things up. Wrapping the release is You'll Come Back Someday a cool Chicago style blues with a few strong harmonica runs by Charles. Sharpe on B3 kicks in a real nice set of his own before turning the floor over to Royal with his stinging attack, trading off with Charles. Solid closer for a real solid release. 

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