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Friday, May 10, 2024

Ruf Records artist: Alastair Greene - Standing Out Loud - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Standing Out Loud, by Alastair Greene and it's a potent blues rocker. Opening with Texas style rocker, You Can't Fool Me, Alastair Greene has a relentless attack on guitar and strong vocals. He is joined by Todd Bolden on driving bass and Adam Abrashoff who doesn't miss a lick on drums. Excellent opener. Only Do has a great guitar hook that gives Greene a hard anchor to fall back to between his explosive solos. Steady on bass with Bolden and really tight riffs by Abrashoff on drums. Title track, Standing Out Loud, is my top choice for the radio track with a strong melody and bluesy guitar riff under Greene's vocal. Foot stomping, Temptation, really moves with gangly guitar rockin and forward vocals. Traditional rock based guitar riffs drive this track giving it a lot of octane. Slow blues, Rusty Dagger is my favorite, with plenty of space for Greene to really let the dog out. Very cool. Traditional Bullfrog Blues is the closer on this set with a real Rock and Roll feel. Greene slips on his slide and lets it wail, backed by Mark Epstein on bass and Kevin Hall on drums. Strong closer. 

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