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Showing posts with label Hadden Sayers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hadden Sayers. Show all posts

Monday, October 8, 2018

Hadden Sayers - Dopamine Machine - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Dopamine Machine, from Hadden Sayers and it's strong. Opening with power rocker, Unsatisfied, Hadden Sayers on lead guitar and vocals, shows a take no prisoners attitude, backed by Greg Morrow and Rusty McFarland on bass. Fat, grinding guitar riffs and a driving bottom give this track real impact. With a pop edge but a raw delivery, I Feel Love has one of those "I know this track" feelings. With that slapping cowbell and raw energy, it continues a terrific rocking attack. With a cool Texas like swagger and double stopped and slide soloing guitar work, Hit The Road, would certainly get the RBF Gibbons seal of approval. The first ballad style track, Blood Red Coupe DeVille, is actually really terrific. I can see it as a sneak radio track with strong appeal to music heads as well as pop audience.  Another pop rocker, Good Good Girl has a light beat and with falsetto singing, this track reminds me a bit of the Eagle of Death Metal, a super pop rock trio. Sayers winds his guitar out a bit here on a short string with great contrast but keeps it a contained pop rocker. With a heavy hammer, Peppermint Patty is another hot pop rocker with a tight riff, distorted vocals and a great bottom. Excellent! Wrapping the release is Backbreaker, a hard driving rocker, with lead drums and a rolling guitar riff. Sayers' vocals are consistently solid throughout the release with power to spare. One of the best rockers I've heard in quite some time. 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Connor Ray Music artist: Mark May - Blues Heaven - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (May 20, 2016), Blues Heaven, from Mark May and it's quite entertaining. Opening with Boom Boom, comes out kicking and with his guitar screaming. With a cool bass riff by Tim Keefe and a stiff snare drum rhythm, this track is off and running. May handles lead guitar and vocal duties. With it's soaring guitar lead and backing horn work by Ted "Teddy Boom" Basinger on trombone, John "Johnny B" Bonham on trumpet and Joe "Smokin' Joe" Reasoner on sax, this track is a hot opener. Sassy blues number, Money, sets up really nicely with solid bass line, supporting horns and and tight drums giving May space to lay out some really grinding guitar solo lines. Very nice! Two stepper, She's A Keeper, has country rock styling blended with a Louisiana flavor. Greg Martin slips in with some real nice slide work warming up the track. Title track, Blues Heaven is a simple ballad with a sweet melody. Matt Mees has the drums on this track and John Popovich on B3 adds nice texture. Some of May's nicest vocals on the release are on this track blending nicely with sax work by Eric Demmer. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Put Down That Poison with Ed Durante on rhythm guitar and Steve Krase on harp. May gives his picking a little country flair and Reasoner adds some really rich bari sax worh making this track a real standout. Shuffle track, Leaving Houston, has a smooth groove with May really settling on on vocal and guitar. Low octave baritone guitar work punched by the horn section is particularly effective on this track. Very nice! Boomerang has a straight line rhythm with an underlying funk thanks to May's guitar work and that of the horns. Trumpet work by Bonham gives the track a distinct Spanish flavor and May's wrapping guitar is quite nice! I'm Her Fool is a straight up blues rocker with some pretty cool lead slide by May. Gary Jorgenson is solid on drums and Steve Krase steps up the ante with flavorful harp work. Breaking into a gospel revival tempo, the track runs hard giving Popovich and Krase the space to show the heat. Gulf Coast Woman has a heaving driving bass line and May steps up the guitar lead with just a touch of Billy G. style. Funky horn track, All I Ever Do develops a real nice groove with funky horn work by Basinger, Bonham and Reasoner and a nice bass line from Keefe. With a super dance beat and fluid guitar runs by Hadden Sayers, this is a real cool track. Shuffle track, Garden of Truth, has solid radio appeal and a nice hook. Eric Demmer is back with a hot sax solo and May's guitar lead is crisp and clean. Kind of Girl is a real cool track with slick lead and slide guitar work by May and a funky bass line. Certainly one of my favorites on the release. Wrapping the release is Almost Like Suicide, a light funky bluesy track with a modern vocal delivery style. Mees is back on drums on this track and Popovich's piano work is really nice. May lays down some Spanish influenced guitar riffs making this a real nice closer for a solid release.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Blue Corn Music artist: Hadden Sayers - Rolling Soul - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (release date February 26, 2013), Rolling Soul, from Hadden Sayers and I really like it. Doesn't seem too long ago that I was saying that this was going to be a good year for music and so far it's been great! This is another really strong release. Opening with Don't Take Your Love (Out On Me), Sayers lays the ground work for a very snappy blues infused R&B style set. This track is strongly rhythmic and has cool guitar riffs pushed by solid drums by Tony McClung. Something Wrong In The World is a classic R&B track and sounds like it could have been written by Al Green. Excellent! This track is strong enough to carry the release alone! Want What You Have is based on Wang Dang Doodle or You Don't Love Me with a rock twist. Alone With The Blues opens with Sayers on soulful vocal and heavily delayed/reverbed guitar. This is a really cool track has a certain polish in it's stripped down state. Sayers takes time out on this track for a nice guitar solo. Lay Down Your Worries is another track with a stepping R&B rhythm trading vocal lead and harmonies with Ruthie Foster. The Man I'm Supposed To Be is a well constructed country style ballad. Crazy Enough is a bright jazzy track that could capture a totally different market. Unlucky is a two step country style track with a lot of piano  along with Sayres on guitar. Sayers breaks into the very cool, Insomniac Blues, blending the charms of Ray Charles with his own personal style on vocal and guitar. Frye lays down some nice piano work on this track as well but it's Sayers vocals in particular that really shine. Can't Get You Off My Mind is a funky track with a southern twist. Using a talking lyric style and playing slide guitar, this is a happy go lucky track and a cool ending to a really cool recording. “Like” Bman’s Facebook page. I use Facebook to spread the word about my blog (Now with translation in over 50 languages). I will not hit you with 50 posts a day. I will not relay senseless nonsense. I use it only to draw attention to some of the key posts on my blog each day. In this way I can get out the word on new talent, venues and blues happenings! - click Here

 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Hard Dollar - Hadden Sayers New cd review


Hadden is a new artist to me so I'm reviewing this cd cold. My first impression is it would be a good cd to put on and party to. It has a pretty good rhythm section throughout and all of the songs sound different but distinct. I know that there are some pretty good tunes including the one in the video below, " Back to the Blues' along the lines of Robert Cray and my favorite, Moneyshot...an instrumental. Overall I'd say the cd is a country (real country) blues cd that will keep you listening.

Enjoy