Friday, February 23, 2024

Pilot Light Records artist: Willie J. Laws Jr. - Too Much Blues - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Too Much Blues,  from Willie J. Laws Jr. and it's dripping in funky blues. Opening with Regl' Ol' Blues, Willie J. Laws Jr. on vocal and guitar sets the stage for a soulful sort of blues. His phrasing is super and his guitar work mature, backed by Dave Johnson on bass, Brooks Milgate on keys, Justin Blackburn on drums, Erik Lawrence on sax, and Siobhan Magness on backing vocals. Strong opener. Stuck in Traffic is a particularly cool track with that Curtis Mayfield funky stew feel. Laws uses a great blend of vocal and guitar to get just the right mix. Title track, Too Much Blues has a super bass line by Johnson leading the way and Jaws singing in somewhat a BB King style with real nice guitar phrasing, punched up by Milgate on organ. Another funky blues, You Don't Love Me, really has a great feel, alternating Johnson's bass line with Laws' vocals, tied together by Milgate on keys and Blackburn on drums. Wrapping the release is the Isleys' Who's That Lady and Laws gives the track a cool makeover, putting his own spin on the vocal delivery as well as solo guitar approach. Joined by Amalia Ververis on backing vocals, this is a cool closer. 

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