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Showing posts with label Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dag Nab Music artist: Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch - Champagne Velvet - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Champagne Velvet, from Jason Elmore & Voodoo Witch and it's outstanding! Opening with fast paced, House Rockin' Boogie #7 and it's a rip snorting rocker featuring Jason Elmore leading the way on guitar and vocal. Joined by Mike Talbot on drums and Brandon Katona on bass this track is smoking! Cool shuffle track, Double My Money, is up next and it's got a great feel. Elmore slings out nicely on guitar with tasty Texas style guitar riffs. Very nice. R&B style Midnight In Memphis has a Rolling Stones (Beast of Burden) feel and should do nicely on radio. Slashing back to the front is Maybe, with it's heavy bottom and scorching guitar riffs. This guy really has a nose for hot riffs and knows how to push it. Excellent! Shine Your Light has an easy sway and a country rock feel. Nice and easy, another track that could easily become a top track. Another jump track, Cross-eyed Woman, has a great bass line by Katona. With nicely blended chords and cool guitar phrasing, this track is really super. Super nice! Opening with fat saturated arpeggiated chords, Lament For Evelyn McHale, pairs guitar leads giving the track a majestic base for Elmore to solo over. Very nice. Another radio style track, Right As Rain, uses it's warm melody, stylized guitar riffs and soft vocals to cut a memorable groove. Acoustic ballad, Wish, shows a more sensitive side of Elmore with arpeggiated chords supporting only Elmore's vocals. Very nice. Land Of Plenty has a real nice groove with solid blues foundations and loose guitar riffs on the top. Instrumental, Champagne Velvet is a super name for this smooth little jazz style track with silky smooth guitar licks laid comfortably on a lightly brushed drum and bass combo. Excellent! A bit more rural on the country blues side, Green To Gone, has real nice acoustic slide work over basic acoustic guitar and vocals. Cool track with nice contrast to the release overall. Closing with a rowdy rocker, Mary Jane, with clever innuendo Elmore tells the tale and then plays with reckless abandon. Excellent closer...a lot of fun!

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Underwater Records artist: Jason Elmore and the Hoodoo Witch - Tell You What - New Release Review

I just received the latest release, Tell You What, from Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch and it's a really cool blues rocker with some unexpected twists. Opening with Sharecropper Shuffle, Elmore does his own take on a Hideaway (Freddie King) style track. Elmore has his own riffs to play and his own blues to strut and the track even has a taste of metal riffs making for a very interesting shuffle. Next up is Southbound, with a distinctive rocker with contemporary rock influenced guitar riffs. Cold Lonely Dawn is a sweet R&B style track and Elmore shows not only great guitar chops but also his capabilities of carrying a soulful vocal track on a strong voice. This is a strongly composed track really showcasing Elmore's strengths. When The Sun Goes Down has a bit of a radio play format with a catchy melody and understated instrumentation. Bottom Feeder comes busting through the doors with a heavy grunge style riff but not losing that Texas feel. Bassist Chris Waw and Drummer Mike Talbot really shine on this track. Dirt Ain't Enough opens with really cool Texas style wizardry leading into cool shimmery reverb tones. This track has a pretty interesting story and overall is one of the best tracks on the recording. It's got the entire package with nice rhythm, great vocals, good story and nice searing guitar effects and soloing. Falling back on a Buck Owens track, Buckaroo, Elmore shows his love for real country, simple melodies, country pickin' and brings back a pretty hip tune. Rory Gallagher's Country Mile which is pinned to be a fan favorite with it's driving style, slick guitar riffs and driving beat. Sean Costello's Don't Pass Me By is another track that really showcases the bands capabilities in soul style and Elmore playing nice jazzy chords and riffs. Tommy Young adds some nice B3 on the bottom of this track adding to the overall warmth and giving Elmore the opportunity to focus on his singing. He also conjures up some terrific gripping solos on this track. Good Foot has a driving bass/drums bottom and Elmore plays some flaming rhythm guitar over his smooth vocals. This track takes an unexpected turn with a flat out jazz style twist and then some really flavorful reverb effect guitar work. Very cool. She Fine has a real swing style and timing is right on. Elmore demonstrates his capabilities dancing across the fretboard "Duke" style. Very nice. The disc is concluded by a real soulful track, You Don't Miss Your Water. Highlighted by slick as ice slide work, Elmore sings the blues with strong focus. Slide men... this track...take notice! This is a great concluding track for a strong release.  

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

How Blue Can You Get - Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch

Jason Elmore is a Dallas, TX-based guitarist/singer/songwriter who has taken the music scene by storm in just a short period of time. Whether fronting his trio, Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch, or performing as a solo acoustic act, Elmore is able to bring together elements of popular blues/rock/Americana in his performances that seem to bridge the gap between blues, rock, country, surf, and jazz. He is remarkable in his ability to appeal to fans of all genres of music with his devastating guitar licks, soulful old-school vocals, keen sense of humor and imagainative-yet-familiar songwriting. All one needs to do is watch him play live one time in order to have a good understanding of how all these different genres of music have a common thread when it comes to eliciting an emotional response from the listener and taking them to that special place where only the music exists. Since 2008, he has fronted the trio "Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch", a high-energy melting pot of musical styles that is reminscent of Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Freddie King. The band is rounded out by Chris Waw on bass and Mike Talbot on drums and can be found 3 or 4 nights a week anyplace from a rowdy roadhouse to a large festival, and all points in between. They regularly play a 2-hour first set that is comprised equally of a healthy dose of classic rock/blues covers and original material. They released their debut CD "Upside Your Head" in 2010 to rave reviews as well as a long stint on the Texas Roots Music Airplay Charts. The CD got voted as one of the top 60 albums of the year by The Blues Report, and the song 'Black Widow' from the same album was voted as one of the top 30 songs of 2010. The band is currently at work on their follow-up album and they just seem to get better and better with each show, amassing a large fanbase wherever they play. In additon to Hoodoo Witch, Jason Elmore stays in high demand as a solo acoustic performer. Doing interpretations of classic pre-war blues, folk, country, and rock songs along with acoustic renditions of his original material, Elmore has a style that is very much unique and inimitable. Whether playing Delta-style slide guitar or beating a percussive rhythm on his acoustic guitar, Elmore has turned many heads and has received accolades from fans and critics of all types of music. He is effectively able to cross genres and provide something that everyone can enjoy, regardless of their musical preference. His acoustic playing is similar to Monte Montgomery, Tommy Emmanuel, Robert Johnson, and Chet Atkins, just to name a few. This is definitely a perfomer you need to see live. His abilities as a guitar player, singer, and songwriter are second-to-none and his good humor and charisma turn fans into friends at every show. Check out "Upside Your Head" on the Underworld Label or better yet, go see this cat live. Be sure and bring a sweat rag and your rocking shoes! If you like what I’m doing, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! - ”LIKE”