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Showing posts with label Dexter Allen. Show all posts
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Friday, April 30, 2021

Endless Blues Records artist: Dexter Allen - Keep Moving On - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Keep Moving On, from Dexter Allen and it's a solid mix of soul, R&B and blues. Opening with title track, Keep Moving On, Dexter Allen sets up a high stepper on lead vocal and guitar, backed by Christopher Minter on drums and Joey Robinson on keys. Solid opener. Shuffle Blues Eyed Girl has a a cool swing and fluid lead guitar under Allen's vocal. One of my favorite tracks on the release is slow blues track, F.A.B.U.L.I.S.T. Woman with it's BB King like call and response style guitar riffs and some of Allen's best vocal on the release. Lightly funky, If I Ain't Got You is a real cool track giving you a strong urge to get up and move. Very cool. Soul track, Can't Live Without You, is another of my favorites on the release with gospel like bones and great vocals by Allen. Wrapping the release is R&B influenced blues track, My Cup Of Tea, with a rolling beat and strong vocal lead by Allen. 


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lady "A" - Loved, Blessed & Blues - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Loved, Blessed & Blues from Lady "A" and it's quite good! Opening with the title track, Loved, Blessed & Blues Lady "A" (Anita White) is joined by Dexter Allen on guitar, bass and piano and Joey Robinson on keys and drums for a cool bluesy swing with nice harmonies. With a bit of James Brown push on guitar, Honey Hush (A Tribute to Elnora) has a real nice groove with a strong bass line. On blues ballad, Don't Let Your Blues Become A Crime, Lady "A" really steps up with a lot of tension. Warm organ work really coaxes Lady "A" out and her lead vocals paired with Allen's vocals are super. Excellent! Another of my favorite tracks on the release is Love Calling with a strong radio hook. It's lyrics are clever and it's melody and harmonies are smooth. Allen's guitar work is clean and inciting. Getting down in the Texas style blues, Happy, is a cool track with horn backing and some guitar swat. Lady "A" grinds on the blues vocally really hitting her stride. Allen joins on lead vocal and in duet making this another of my favorites on the release. Dance track, Take Me Back To Seattle, has a great strut and interesting melodic blending, dressed by funky keys and bass. A dynamic Somebody Here Needs You Lord, is the final track on the release and I really like it! Pure vocal lead and pure gospel styling sets an incredible stage for this one and mixed harmonies complimented by just the right amount of keys and guitars and strong bass and drums makes this a killer closer. Excellent!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Deep Rush Records artist: Dexter Allen - Bluez Of My Soul - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Bluez Of My Soul, from Dexter Allen and it's hot! Opening with southern country blues funky track, Coming From Mississippi, Allen has you squirming in your seat leading the way with his own solid vocals and joined by Bobby Rush on harp. Joey Robinson lays down a snappy drum rhythm and Allen compliments himself nicely on lead guitar. Ride This Train, pushed along by Rush on harp, has a spiritual feel... you can almost feel the tent rising with excitement. Allen breaks loose with a few tight guitar riffs but this track is all about lifting the spirit with music. Still Called The Bluez has a real nice slow blues slide to it. A R&B style track with beautiful vocal work and hot guitar chaser makes this definitely one of the best tracks on the release. With the feel of BB King and the funky chop style of WWW this track is way cool. Monk Donky has a fast funk sound not unlike Robert Parker. letting the guitar out for a walk on this track, Allen coaxes himself along like a modern James Brown. Another slow blues track, Come Out And Play, draws Allen's soul out through his fingers. Accompanied by Joey Robinson on keys, Allen squeezes the fretboard for every last drop of soul. Very nice! Have A Party has a lighter, jazzier R&B feel with a balance of guitar, drums, lead and backing vocals. Bluez Party is a cool swing blues track... you can almost see BB King popping his palm with his fist. Allen has a cool voice and knows how to play call and response with his guitar. Robinson takes a nice key solo on this track warming up the bottom and Allen stretches it out a bit with a solo of his own. Nicely written and arranged Allen rocks this one. Deep Inside is a real nice soul rooted blues track with just the perfect balance of soul vocals, horn accompaniment and hot blues guitar riffs. Excellent! Pudding and Rice is a rocky R&B number with a cool hook. I Doubt It is a funky pop track with a cool guitar chaser. This is the track that could most easily cross radio lines for broad audience appeal. Wrapping the release is soul track, That Same Thing. Allen has a warm soulful voice, a cool sense of style and a hot guitar hand. Very nice compliment. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE” If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE”

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Too Many Drivers - Dexter Allen


Dexter Allen born in Crystal Springs Mississippi, started out playing guitar at the church where his father was pastor. Traveling and performing with Bobby Rush to France, Japan, Germany, Spain, China, Finland, Iraq, Kuwait, Sweden and all over the United States, was the vehicle that headed Dexter down the road of Blues. After the Rush experience, Dexter decided to form his own band and began playing clubs and venues all over the southeast and southwest. This has proven to be successful in spreading his unique style of guitar playing, and vocal ability. His unique style landed the 2008 Jackson Music Award for Male Vocalist. His current album titled Bluezin My Way,tells stories of Love, Lust, Lies, and Allibites, which landed him the Jackson Music awards 2009 Entertainer of the Year. For Christmas of 2009 Dexter also released “Hello Ms Santa Claus” which D.J.’s predict to be a holiday standard. Dexter also lends his time and talents for blues workshops in area schools. His music and entertaining stage performance is sure to leave you enlightened, delighted, and excited that you had the opportunity to see and hear one of the best 21st century blues performers from Mississippi.