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Showing posts with label George Sluppick. Show all posts
Showing posts with label George Sluppick. Show all posts

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Little Village artist: Nic Clark - Everybody's Buddy - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Everybody's Buddy, by Nic Clark and it's strong. Opening with lazy shuffle, Laughing At The Rain, Nic Clark shows a warm voice, backing himself on dobro and accompanying himself on harmonica. Joined by Charlie Hunter on guitar and bass and George Sluppick on drums, this track has definite air potential. With an R&B feel, It'll Be Alright sounds like it's out of Sam Cooke's songbook. Harmonica, nicely phrased, warm vocal lead, Hunter's bass line and Sluppick with rimshots makes this a really nice track. Showing Jimmy Reed style on Don't Count Yourself Out, Clark's vocal and harmonica really solidify as the most focused up tempo blues track on the release with Hunter and Sluppick just adding the bottom for Clark's work. Very nice. My favorite track on the release, How I Met The Blues really is a showcase for Clark's vocal and harmonica work with some beautiful guitar chords by Hunter over his own bass line and the simple percussion of Sluppick. Strong. Title track, Everybody's Buddy, has an acoustic "country blues" feel with Clark on vocal and harmonica and nicely overlaid pedal steel work by DaShawn Hickman. Wrapping the release is folky, Breathe Slow with Clark on vocal and dobro and backing vocal by Wendy Hickman. Solid closer for a cool change of pace release. 

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