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Showing posts with label Grinsdstone Records. Show all posts
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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Grindstone Records artist: Wayne Nicholson - Gin House - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Gin House, from Wayne Nicholson and I really like it. Opening with Gin House Blues, Wayne Nicholson is upfront on vocal, joined by James Logan on guitar, Bruce Dixon on bass, Neil Robertson on drums, Kim Dunn on piano and Hammond, Bill Stephenson on grand piano, Tony Diteodoro on guitars, Steve Marriner on harmonica and guitars and Lisa MacDougall on backing vocals. This is raw energy focused in a strong blues rock package. With it's Robert Johnson like construction, Cream like attack and Stones like finesse, this is a solid opener.  Mother Earth Blues has a deep rock rhythm with a stiff rim shot by Robertson driving the train. Warm Hammond tones by Dunn and Logan's slide work fill the track with raw energy and Nicholson eggs it on. Jimmy Reed's Honest I Do, provides a solid platform for vocal duet by Nicholson and MacDougall. With Dunn on piano and Logan laying down Reed like riffs, this track is a cool break. Forty Days and Forty Nights is a low slung shuffle with full harmonica work by Marriner and Dunn on piano giving Nicholson a great undercarriage and Logan's guitar work adds nice pinning. Invisible Blue is one of the stand out tracks on the release with it's quiet approach. Nicholson carries the melody over Dunn's Hammond work and a heavy bass line by Dixon. Quietly coaxing, Logan makes his appearance with really nice round Gilmore like tone topping off the track. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Wayne and Bill's Gin House Blues, a stripped down rework featuring only Nicholson on vocal and Stephenson on grand piano. This is a cool release that doesn't follow the main road...and I like it.

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