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Showing posts with label Down In the Alley Records. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Down In the Alley Records. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Down In The Alley Records artist: Cort Duggins - Luke's Juke - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Luke's Juke, by Cort Duggins and it's a cool mix of Chicago style blues. Opening with I Can't get You Off My Mind, Babe, Duggins, is a virtual one man band (one track at a time) with a rolling bass line, rhythm guitar, simple drums line, vocal and harmonica. Cool. My favorite track on the release is slow blues, Blue And Lonesome Ramblin' Man with mandolin like guitar strumming and quick guitar riffs over shimmering reverb laden chords, raw vocals and soulful harmonica. Very nice. Shuffle track, Watch Yourself, Mind Your Own Business has some fun riffs both on harmonica and guitar. Duggins' vocals on this track on my favorites and his slide work is primitive but cool. Honky Tonkin' Down Easy starts off with a simple, tom tom laden, almost Latin beat but mellows into full boogie with a cool walking bass line and wailing harmonica. Wrapping the release is Hey Good Lookin, I'm Ready, the clearest mix of Hank and Willie on the release with raw vocal and drums, supplemented with harmonica.

It's an interesting idea and a cool release. 

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Down In The Alley Records artist: Laurie Jane & The 45's - Late Last Night - Elixir of Sara Martin - New Release Review


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Late Last Night - Elixir of Sara Martin, by Laurie Jane & The 45's and it has a vintage sound and some down right rockin'. Opening with title track, Late Last Night, the band tries to capture the spirit of Louisville's prohibition era's Sara Martin with contemporary twists and execution. Laurie Jane Duggins has the vocal lead with Cort Duggins on guitar and piano, Scott Dugdale on drums, Jason Embry on bass and Brian Hogg on sax. Blind Man Blues has a staid Basin Street pace showing cool trumpet work by Eric Snyder and guitar soloing by Screamin' John Hawkins. maintaining much of it's original patina, Strange Lovin' Blues is raw with cool slide and some of my favorite vocals on the release. Sugar Blues is a solid blues rocker with a strong vocal line and rocking guitar riffs. Very cool. Atlanta keeps much of the early blues house feel with the jangling piano and modest fidelity. Wrapping the release is T'aint Nobody's Business with great swing and clean modern vocals by Laurie Janie and nice horn backing by Snyder and Hogg over the crisp piano work of Cort, winding out with a super New Orleans style jam with all instruments blazing. Nice closer for a solid release.



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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Down In The Alley Records artists: Laurie Jane and The 45's - Midnight Jubilee - New release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Midnight Jubilee, from Laurie Jane and The 45's and it's a lot of fun. Opening with springy, country blues flavored, Wait So Long, featuring Laurie Jane Duggins on lead vocal and a greasy loose slide guitar work by Cort Duggins, solid bass by Jason Embry and rockabilly style drums by Scott Dugdale. Cool opener. Title track, Midnight Jubilee is a smooth, radio style ballad with sinewy lap steel work by Cort under some of Laurie Jane's best vocals on the release.  Howlin' Wolf's Howlin' For My Darlin' gets a rockabilly makeover and it has a great feel with swinging guitar riffs and a solid bass line. Down This Road has a cool, early 60's rock feel and Laurie Jane's lead work is tight, reinforced by snappy drum work by Dugdale. One of my favorites on the release, Couldn't Cry Alone, has a distinct old country ballad style and again gives Laurie Jane a real chance to shine. Very nice. Wrapping the release is rockabilly styled, Not With You. I really like the mix of Cort's loose guitar lead, Embry's right on bass and the New Orleans "falling down the stairs" drums styling of Dugdale.

Super closer.

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