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Showing posts with label Love & Desparation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Love & Desparation. Show all posts

Monday, December 14, 2020

Tres Pescadores Records artist: Rick Shea - Love & Desperation - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the latest release, Love & Desperation, from Rick Shea and it's a cool mix of country, tex mex and rock. Opening with Blues Stop Knockin' At My Door, with a great country feel and a dash of Accordion by Phil Parlapiano, bass by Jeff Turmes and drums by Shawn Nourse. Shea does a great job on lead vocal and guitar. Super opener. Down At The Bar At Gypsy Sally's is an interesting story track with shimmery guitar behind Shea's vocals and Jim Turmes on sax complimenting Shea's stylistic guitar work. Nicely crafted ballad, A Tenderhearted Love with it's memorable melody is my choice to the radio track. With it's easy guitar hook and warm B3 work by Parlapiano this track is a radio standout. Another favorite on the release is Tex Mex track, Juanita (Why Are You So Mean) with accordion and tight snare rhythm supporting Shea's vocal work. Mystic Canyon is a real nice western flavored instrumental with Shea dabbing the colors of sound on his guitar like a painter. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Texas Lawyer, a really cool western track again with accordion giving it just the right flavor. This is an unusual release and one that I really like. 


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