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Showing posts with label Randall Bramblett. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Randall Bramblett. Show all posts

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Blooming Tunes Music artist: Diane Durrett - Soul Suga' & Diane Durrett - New release review

I just received the newest release, Soul Suga' & Diane Durrett and it's slinky, funky and soulful. Opening with Show Up Sexy, Durrett leads the way down a funky trail. Ted Pecchio lays down a funky bass line and Yonrico Scott hits the drums just right leaving room for a clever jazzy guitar riff by Durrett. With the attitude of Macy Gray on vocal, Butter's In The Skillet is a solid strut pushed along by Scott and Pecchio and reinforced by Lil Joe Burton (trombone), Daryl Dunn (sax), Miko Bowles (trumpet) and Oliver Wood (guitar). Quiet ballad, All Is Well, has solid radio qualities with Markham White on guitar, Brandon Bush on B3, Chris Price on bass, Massey on drums and Adam McKnight, Caroline Aiken, Deborah Reece and Peggy Johnson Still on backing vocals. R&B track, Be Somebody's Angel, sounds like it's right out of the Impressions songbook. Sweet vocals, tight drums by Scott, Pecchio on bass and nice sax work by Randall Bramblett make this a natural radio track. Push The Push Back has a lot of the '70's -'80's club feel. Pecchio on bass and Kathie Holmes on flute with support from Scott on Vibes give this track it's authentic feel. Continuing with the club feel on Let Go & Let Groove, Durrett shows her love for this style of music and how well her voice is suited to it. Scott's bass work coupled with percussion by Massey and keys by Yoel B'nai Yehuda captures the sound. My favorite track on the release, Sassy Larue has a real nice New Orleans groove including military style snare drumming by Massey and tops trumpet by Bowles and nice trombone work by Burton. Bluesy Woohoo is a sassy number featuring Tinsley Ellis on guitar backed by Yehuda, Scott and Massey. Another sweet ballad, I Know Your Nothings, again shows the better qualities of Durrett's vocal style. Accompanied by Eric Frampton on piano another of the tightest tracks on the release. Bright Side has a soulful sound with a light country R&B feel. I like the vocal blending on this track and it's subtle funk backed by Johnathan Lloyd on trombone, and Jon Maret on sax. Wrapping the release is Lennon/McCartney classic, Let It Be. A solid cover of a classic rock track, with a real nice sax solo by Bramlett and B3 by Ike Stubblefield.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Big Song Music artist: Lisa Biales - Belle of the Blues - New Release review

Opening with and easy going blues number, title track Belle of the Blues, Lisa Biales shows why she is know for her clear voice, well complimented by Pat Bergeson on harp and Paul Hornsby on piano. Tommy Talton plays nice acoustic guitar riffs as a compliment but this song is really ready for airplay. Sad Sad Sunday is a slow blues ballad featuring Biales at her best on lead vocals and Tommy Talton on dobro. Bad Things has a "Summertime" feel with a light acoustic guitar backing. Adding instrumentation as it builds, Randall Bramblett adds organ, Ken Wynn guitar, Bill Stewart drums, Tommy Vickery bass and EG Kight backing vocals. Very nice. Mask, a primary 40's style blues ballad shows Biales in the heart of her style. Hornsby plays a "key" role in the backing on this track and Biales leads with very solid vocals. Graveyard Dead Blues has a cool dobro lead by Talton and EG Kight backs him nicely on acoustic. Biales is consistent with her vocals, strong and clear, and establishing a firm spot for herself in the void created by some of those who came before her. Baby Won't You Please Come Home has a really soft feel with early century authenticity. Paul Hornsby plays with certainty and feel. In My Girlish Days is a duet with EG Kight and features a tasty acoustic guitar solo from Talton. Peach Pickin' Mama, another track featuring Kight on vocals and Bergeson on harp features some of the coolest picking by Talton on the release. Black and White Blues has a moderate pace and a Bessie Smith style. Nice musical balance and clear vocals are the ticket. Trouble With A Capital "T" is a easy rocker with the largest group of players including Talton and Biales on acoustic guitar, Johnny Fountain on bass, Bill Stewart on drums, Ken Wynn on slide, Hornsby on piano, Gary Porter on tambourine and Kight on backing vocals. Wrapping the track is Bad Girl, the rockinest track on the release. Bramblett takes a nice B3 solo on the track and Wynn adds a stinging electric guitar solo as well. Duet vocals on this track are nicely complimented making this a nice closer for the release.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Singer Lisa Biales Is the "Belle of the Blues" on New CD from Big Song Music Due March 4

Singer Lisa Biales Is the Belle of the Blues on New CD from Big Song Music Due March 4

Latest Album Produced by EG Kight and Paul Hornsby Features Tommy Talton, Randall Bramblett and Bill Stewart with a Special Duet from Lisa and EG

OXFORD, OH – Singer Lisa Biales (pronounced “Bee-Alice”) announces a March 4 release date for her latest album, Belle of the Blues, on the Big Song Music label, with production by multi-Blues Music Award nominee EG Kight and legendary Southern Rock producer Paul Hornsby. The CD was recorded at Hornsby’s Muscadine Studio in Macon, Georgia, and features special guests Tommy Talton on guitar (Cowboy, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts) Randall Bramblett on Hammond B3 organ (Sea Level, Steve Winwood, Widespread Panic) and Bill Stewart on drums (Cowboy, Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett). Talton’s contributions on the new album especially stand out, with his work on acoustic/electric guitar, electric/acoustic slide guitar and dobro.

EG Kight also produced Lisa’s acclaimed Just Like Honey album in 2012 and duets with Biales on one of the many musical highlights of the new disc, a cookin’ take on Memphis Minnie’s “In My Girlish Days.” EG also adds acoustic guitar and harmony vocals on a few other tracks and co-wrote several songs on Belle of the Blues. Co-producer Paul Hornsby provides his signature piano work throughout the new album.

“Recording with EG Kight and Paul Hornsby was more enjoyable the second time around,” recalls Biales about the sessions. “We’d been through the arduous task once before and became friends.  However, recording is not all gravy. I got anxious about one song and struggled with it for a while in the studio. Paul and EG suggested a break. When I returned, the lights were turned down, a single candle was lit, and a glass of wine was filled.  No longer feeling apprehensive, I sang ‘. . . and I wonder if I’m under some spell that you bring, when you make me, when you make me do . . . . ‘Bad Things.’”

Biales, who is known for her clear-as-a-bell singing voice, has been dubbed, fittingly, “Belle of the Blues.” The 11 songs on Belle of the Blues showcase a diverse set of material that feels right at home with Lisa’s passionate in-the-pocket vocals, which have a slant of southern sass to them.

“I have a secret wish to be the most desired back-up singer on the planet,” Biales admits. “Even though I know there are a few who already hold that title: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill and Lisa Fisher to name a few.  I loved singing back-up with EG on her songs, ‘Bad Girl,’ ‘Trouble with a Capital T’ and ‘Belle of the Blues.’ Working out the parts and hearing our voices resonate together was thrilling. So, it was an extra treat to have EG Kight join me on the Memphis Minnie duet, ‘In My Girlish Days’ where we trade verses and sing in harmony.”  

Lisa has a special recollection about the recording of “Peach Pickin’ Mama,” too. “EG wanted me to play it for the band so they could get a feeling for the song,” she remembers. “We all sat around with guitars, and the jam that happened in the office with Tommy Talton, EG Kight, Tommy Vickery (bass), and Paul Hornsby playing his childhood guitar was priceless and is forever engrained in my memory as a precious moment in time.”

While Belle of the Blues has many kickin’, up-tempo songs, it has its share of ballads, as well. “I love singing sad songs,” Biales confesses. “The strong array of emotions that bubble up, and the connections I feel to people while singing them makes me realize my worth. I looked into the EG Kight songbook and found two songs that wrap around my soul like a big warm blanket, ‘Mask’ and ‘Sad Sad Sunday.’”

Another influence on Lisa Biales is Bessie Smith, who she calls “one of the greatest classic blues singers of the 1920s and someone I have grown to admire. It’s only fitting to have her presence on this recording with two songs: ‘Black and White Blues’ (a song written by blues historian Dalton Roberts as a tribute to Smith) and ‘Baby Won’t You Please Come Home."  ‘The Empress of the Blues’ meets ‘The Belle of the Blues.’’’

Over the past several years, Lisa Biales has been busy recording and singing the blues. Iconic movie director Francis Ford Coppola enjoyed one of her performances so much that he cast her in his film, “Twixt,” where Biales portrays a waitress named Ruth (and as a bonus, picks up a guitar and sings, too). 

In 2013, Biales backed by Ricky Nye and The Paris Blues Band recorded Singing in My Soul, an up-beat early jazz and blues album. Radio and critics loved Lisa’s music and the album won the Cincinnati Blues Society’s Best Self-Produced CD, also garnering her a spot at the upcoming August 2014 Cincinnati Blues Fest.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

New West Records artist: Randall Bramblett - The Bright Spots - New Relese Review

I just received the newest release, The Bright Spots, by Randall Bramblett and it shows Brambletts talents as a singer, songwriter, band leader and instrumentalist. Opening with Roll, a springy pop track, Bramblett puts forward a real catchy radio track. 'Til The Party's All Gone is a snappy, jazz rock track that also has a catchy hook and great instrumentation. My Darling One is a special track and one of my favorites on the release. Bramblett hits his stride vocally and the track is very strongly written, reminding me of one of my favorite Mike D 'Abo tracks, Handbags and Gladrags, (better known by Rod Stewart and Chris Farlow). This song has real sensitivity that I rarely see in music. Whatever That Is, a bluesy track finds a nice groove and also allows Tom Bukovac space to lay down a hot guitar solo. John The Baptist is a mix of numerous world components but has a strong gospel influence which is very cool. Michael Steele, Betsy Franck, Adam McKnight and Tom Ryan provide strong vocal backing on this track. Trying to Steal A Minute has a real solid bottom by Michael Rhodes, Gerry Hansen and Dylan Hansen. A really cool (in a cool way) track with a laid back attack, is a sneaky strong entry on this album. Again, Bramblett's vocals on this track are really super. Bukovac plays an unconventional but tasty guitar solo and Bramblett hits the horn for a quick dose as well. You Bring Me Down shows strong gospel and soul influences and both horn and vocal compliments are really spot on. Bramblett really brings on the sax to punctuate a strong moving entry. Rumbling Bridge, the closing number, has a jazz rock "Steely Dan" feel and I think it will also be a strong entry for radio play. It's good to hear Bramblett back on tape and doing well  

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