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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Hopeless Romantic Records artist: Joyann Parker - Roots - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Roots, by Joyann Parker, and it's a cool mix or country, blues, rock and ballads. Opening with 2 stepping title track, Roots, Parker on lead vocal, piano and guitar shows she knows her way around a song. Joined by Mark Lamoine on guitar and vocal, Tim Wick on keys, Chris Bates on bass and Patricia Lacey and Nesret Theba on backing vocals, a solid radio style opener. Ballad, Wash It Away, has a solid melody and warm backing vocals by Lamoine, Lacey and Theba. Latin influenced, Ain't Got Time To Cry, explores another vein of music that showcases Parkers sassy vocal style. With a strong bass line by Bates, counter melody by Lamoine on guitar and  a real nice trumpet solo by Paul Odegaard, this is a great addition. Forsaken is one of my favorites on the release with Parker mostly just belting out the bluesy lyrics and Lamoine on slide guitar carrying the counter melody. Very nice. Shuffle, Stay Home Mama, is right up Parker's alley with rich vocals and Wick on piano. Scott Graves' add on trombone gives the track another dimension (love trombone). Very cool. Wrapping the release is Sconnie Girl, a country rocker with a solid radio melody country style guitar riffs by Lamoine and backing vocals by Chris Kroeze.

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