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Showing posts with label Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin. Show all posts

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Phoenix Records artist: Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin - Murder Creek - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Murder Creek, from Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin (cool name by the way) and it's a solid blues rocker. Opening with 70's Brit style blues style rocker, This Old Dawg, featuring Murray Kinsley on lead guitar and vocal, Rod Williams on harp, Leigh-Anne Stanton on bass, Tom Bona on drums, Sonny Del Rio on horns & Jesse O'Brien on keys this band is standing on solid footing. Latin rhythms permeate Dance The Blues with cool, floating harp work by Williams working nicely with flowing guitar lead by Kinsley. Very nice. Electrifying slide work opens heavy bottomed, Trouble Coming, a cool, deep rocker with solid vocals and loose guitar and harp work. Interesting. Traditional blues styling on So Long, Too Soon, makes it the likely candidate for top track with soulful vocals and Kinsley's bluesiest guitar soloing on the release. Very nice. Bass driving rocker and title track, Murder Creek has a great bottom just begging for guitar and harp soloing. Wrapping the release is Freedom, a solid rocker with vocal work with Kinsley and Mary Jane Russell. Stanton really works the bass line and Williams' harp work adds to the tension as it builds to Kinsley's guitar soloing, taking the track home. Nice closer. 

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin - Stormy Water - New Release review

I just received the newest release, Stormy Water, from Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin and it's a great stripped down blues rocker. Opening with Dance Pretty Mama, Kinsley on lead guitar and vocal, joined by Rod Williams on harp gets this train rockin. Leigh-Anne Stanton on bass and vocals and Liam Melville on drums and vocals show that this band knows how to boogie. Kinsley rips loose with a raw guitar solo capping a super opener. By My Side is another solid rocker with a new wave touch but never falling far from it's blues roots with blues based guitar riffs, blues harp and a blues bottom. Shine opens with a cool tom tom rhythm and almost John Doe like vocals. Kinsley definitely experiments with his guitar and Williams as well on harp with Melville nailing them to the ground solid. Very cool! Sleepy John Estes', Everybody Oughta Make A Change gets a great rock beat with a taste of surf and a taste of the Eagles of Death Metal. I really like this track. Excellent! Evil Coming Round has a solid blues base with a modern flare and a solid rock feel (think Steppenwolf). Williams really blows it out on this track over a steady bottom and Kinsley rips it wide open. Another excellent track! I'm Mad has it's feet solidly in the blues with it's shuffle feel. Kinsley's vocals are heavy and his guitar work a lot in the early British blues masters style. Very cool! Fast paced rocker, Fast Fast Car has a Chuck Berry style and a great beat. Alain McCann adds a great piano ride on this track that really punches the sound. Very cool! Opening with slide riffs, Death If You Find Me has a solid blues rock feel. Williams sets up some really nice harp riffs on this one and Stanton's bass work drives it hard. Boogie woogie track, Talk Is Cheap, has a great feel with super vocals. Williams harp work nicely accents the melody and his solo work is strong. Kinsley also lays down some slick guitar riffs of his own giving the track that 70's blues rock punch. I like it! You're Gone has a cool offsetting melody. With an unusual guitar rhythm and sonic harp and guitar work and cool organ lines this track has a totally different feel that adds to the texture of the set. Wrapping the release is a full out jam, Let Me Love You, with Williams on harp and Kinsley on vocal and slide. A full out driving rocker, this is a super closer to a super set!

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