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Showing posts with label Beautiful Slop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beautiful Slop. Show all posts

Monday, December 17, 2018

JJ Appleton and Jason Ricci - Beautiful Slop - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent  release, Beautiful Slop, from JJ Appleton and Jason Ricci and it's quite good. Opening with delta style acoustic blues, Don't Take Advantage Of Me, with JJ Appleton on vocal and slide guitar, Jason Ricci on harmonica and vocal and Derek Nievergelt on acoustic bass the band gets the raw efforts of the early blues pioneers down pat. Great opener. With certain tension, Hurt Myself, is a great contemporary blues piece with hoots and hollers by Ricci and tight guitar riffs by Appleton, leading to a real nice harp solo. Certainly my favorite track on the release. Geaux Nuts Kids is a cool, Zydeco style instrumental jam featuring harp and guitar with only vocal punctuation. Very cool. Another of my favorite tracks is Don't Badger The Witness with some of the hottest slide guitar riffs on the release. I like Ricci's rowdy vocal styling and trademark harp work. Wrapping the release is bluesy ballad, Stay, with only the minimal instrumental accompaniment under solid vocals and  melodic harp soloing. I think that this release is really rich with edgy tracks and warm tracks, checking a lot of boxes for blues listeners.

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