Monday, October 30, 2023

Forty Below Records artist: Tony Holiday - Motel Mississippi - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Motel Mississippi, from Tony Holiday and it's quite good. Opening with Rob & Steal, a contemporary take on the sound of thumping drums and floating guitar riffs that I associate with Hill Country music. Tony Holiday on vocal, A J Fullerton on guitar, Dave Gross on guitar, Aubrey McCrady  on guitar, Victor Wainwright on keys, Terrance Grayson on bass, and Lee Williams Jr. on drums, this is an excellent opener. With a classic Willie Dixon bass line by Grayson, and a modern mix, Trouble is really a cool track. Holiday's vocals are strong and harmonica by Jake Friel, wild keyboard soloing by Wainwright and eccentric guitar riffs really add a lot spice to this track. Very nice. Asie Payton's Nobody But You has a great southern R&B feel (think Polk Salad Annie) with smooth vocals and choppy guitar riffs contrasting with windblown slide guitar. Very cool. Wrapping the release is Yazoo River with it's Lousiana rhythm. Holiday and Friel mix it up on harmonica with a solid bass line by Grayson making this a solid closer for a strong release. 

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