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Showing posts with label Little Boys Blue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Little Boys Blue. Show all posts

Thursday, May 24, 2018

VizzTone Label Group artist: Little Boys Blue w/ Kid Memphis - Hard Blue Space - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Hard Blue Space, from Little Boys Blue w/ Kid Memphis and it's a super dose of solid blues. Opening with Six Feet Down, a real nice blues groove with interwoven tones of Kid Memphis on guitar, JD Taylor on vocal, Dave Thomas on B3, David Mallard on bass and Mark Brooks on drums. Excellent opener. On 12 bar number, Loving Kind, Alex Taylor, Andrew White run the rhythm as Kid solos and JD handles vocals and harp. With it's primary backbone based on Chicago blues, this track has great feel. Blues Bug really sits down low giving JD the opportunity to really shine on vocal and harp. Sure footing and nicely phrased guitar work by Kid makes this my favorite on the release. R&B track, Cold Inside shows a different dimension of the band with Steve Cropper like rhythm and strong vocal delivery by JD. Fluid guitar runs by Kid Memphis and stinging harp attack compliment JD's lead vocals. Might As Well is a cool boogie track with swinging piano lead by Thomas and tightly focused vocals and clean guitar lead by Kid. Another of my favorites is funky, Got A Mind of Your Own soulful harp soloing by JD complimenting his own solid vocals. Very nice. Lumbering, If The Blues Start Calling, has a great feel and a great thumping bass line under excellent slide guitar work by Andrew White (think ZZ top slow blues). Wrapping the release is shuffle track Going Back To Memphis with tight blues styling. JD's effortless harp playing, paired with a solid bottom and vocals make this a super closer for a really nice release.



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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Jaxon Records artist: Little Boys Blue - Tennissippi - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Tennissippi, from Little Boys Blue and it's quite good. Opening with title track, Tennissippi, singer/harp player, JD Taylor leads a tall strutting blues rocker joined by Tyler Goodson and Brad Webb on super slide guitar, Alex Taylor on lead and rhythm guitar, Dave Mallard on bass, Mark Brooks on drums and Dave Thomas on keys. Super opener. On Lights On, the band has a cool New Orleans style funk (think I Was In The Right Place), with a cool wah wah rhythm and nice horn backing from Ken Waters on trumpet and Bad Brad Guin on sax. Thomas takes a real nice ride on his B3 giving the track a warmer feel. Very nice! Rocker, Pack It Up Baby, is driven by a Mallards' bass work, complimented by a smoking harp solo by Taylor, Alex and Goodson's guitar solos and a super sax solo by Guin. Shuffle track, If I'd A Known, has a nice groove with some tasty guitar work by Alex and Tyler as well as nice B3 solo and again notable harp work by JD. R&B ballad, 35 Years, is really well crafted with a cool hook, smooth melody and nicely blended instrumentation. Obvious radio track. Kenny Burrell's Chitlins Con Carne is a real slick Latin flavored instrumental with JD's harp work on spotlight. Tyler, Alex and Thomas' soloing make this my favorite track on the release. Funky rocker, Do You No Wrong, has a real nice feel with Tyler, Alex and Thomas stepping up with strong contributions. This release is evenly strong. Bluesy ballad, Smoke Rings, is a really nice spotlight for JD's super vocal contributions, surrounded by piano and B3 and complimented by his own mellow harp work. Very nice. Alex and Tyler again step up with soulful contributions on guitar making this a solid entry to the releases top tracks. Backing way off into a stripped down acoustic like feel, Health Insurance Blues, features JD's vocals and harp complimented primarily by acoustic rhythm. Uptempo and simple, a tight little blues number. Shuffle track, Wanna Be Your Loving Man, has strong bones and light glistening guitar chords under a proud blues harp sound and a crisp electric solo gives this track it fuel. Very nice. Kicking down the doors, Big Pimpin Sugar Daddy Romeo, has attitude to spare with snarling guitar riffs and a ass kicking bottom. Thomas steps up with a nice B3 lead of his own, Alex and Tyler each throw down on guitar, and JD closes it up. Smokin. Wrapping the release is a fire breathing instrumental, Jackson, with super harp paired with flaming guitar riffs. Stilladog... right up your alley. Excellent closer!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Jaxon Records artists: Little Boys Blue - Bad Love - New release Review

I just received the newest release, Bad Love, from Little Boys Blue and it's quite entertaining. Opening with Bad Love, JD Taylor leads off with powerful vocals and harp work. Steve Patterson, on lead guitar, lays in a nice guitar solo backed by Alex Taylor on guitar, Mark Brooks on drums, Dave Mallard on bass and Dave Thomas on keys, leading to a real nice harp solo from Taylor. Jump blues, She Put Me Down is solid with Thomas on B3 and really giving a wide open table to Taylor for strong harp work. Patterson shows his quick hand on guitar followed by a nice run by Thomas on B3 and back to Taylor who takes it home. Excellent! R&B track, Treat Me Like You Used To, has a solid radio feel with a nice hook and balanced backing vocals from Dave Mallard, Lindsay Patterson, Kimberlie Helton and Josh Smith. Horn work from Ralph Thomas on sax, Chuck McGill on sax and David Kyles on trumpet punches up the track. Southern funk rock track, Death Letter Blues shows strong influence by Duane Allman with rich slide riffs from Patterson and Skynyrd with attitude. Taylor's harp work and vocals just work perfectly on this track delivering hot and tight. Super nice! Ballad, Forget These Blues has a Dickie Betts kind of feel with a gospel twist. I really like Thomas' B3 work on this track giving it weight and emotion. More primitive based blues roots on Howling At Your Door, show the band's versatility. With richly woven harp, guitar and slide, bass, drums and keys, this track is modern blues they way it should sound. Cajun Girl has a light feel and rich guitar tones. With vocal duet and piano rhythm under the harp melody, this track rocks. Another R&B style track, You and I, has a strong hook and with it's horn backing and underlying slide work, it's one of my favorites on the release. With it's opening harp riff, Go Back Home let's you know you're in for a great blues number. Taylor gets great juice from his harp, backed by tight horns. On this slower blues number, Patterson gets the chance to really dig in on guitar and set up some of the nicest guitar riffs on the release. Followed by Taylor on harp this track sails. Excellent! Shuffle track, Ain't No Use In Cryin', opens with harp calls and quickly sets a cool resonant harp and B3 riff. Taylor on lead vocal and Patterson on lead guitar set a nice pace and Thomas sets the B3 in nicely. Particularly nice drum riffs by Brooks on this track stand out for a tight number. Wrapping the release is Muddy Waters' Can't Be Satisfied with Taylor on vocal and Patterson on acoustic slide and Brooks on drums. A bright harp solo follows the melody of the track bringing it full circle and connecting the track back to traditional blues.

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