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Friday, October 16, 2020

Blue Heart Records artist: Malaya Blue - Still - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Still, from Malaya Blue and it's a solid release with plenty of soul. Opening with title track, Still, UK singer/songwriter, Malaya Blue is joined by Nat Martin on guitar, Stevie Watts on keys, Mike Horne on drums and Eddie Masters on bass. Really nice vocal phrasing and a solid melody makes this a strong opener. With a funky beat and and some cool organ work, Down To The Bone has a great groove and Martin's guitar soloing is really tasty. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Why Is Peace So Hard with it's gospel overtones. Malaya really works this track and the organ work on Watts drives it home. Excellent! R&B track, You Kiss My Troubles Away has a great beat and with it's rhythmic vocal delivery, a solid radio presence. Another of my favorite tracks is jazzy R&B track, Settle Down Easy with a strong bass line from Masters and a solid vocal delivery by Malaya. Wrapping the release is rocker, Hot Love, with it's grinding guitar tones and driving rhythms. Blue has put together a solid release here. 


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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Whitaker Blues Records artist: The Barrett Anderson Band - HypnoBoogie - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, HypnoBoogie, by The Barrett Anderson Band and it is a super live release. Anderson, who started his professional career at 15 backing Pinetop Perkins and Bob Margolin before joining Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters at 16. After a few years with Earl and another hand full with Monster Mike Welch, Barrett released his first solo release, All The Way Down in 2007 and another, The Long Fall in 2012. This latest release, HypnoBoogie, was recorded live at The Fallout Shelter in Norwood, Mass on February 1, of 2020. Opening with Bo Diddley's, Mona, this band shows you immediately that no one in the crowd is gonna remain seated. with tom tom's flaring courtesy of Doug MacLeod and thumping bass and harmony vocal by Jamie Hatch, Anderson gets things cranking on his guitar and with energetic lead vocal. On Magic Sam's, Lookin' Good, Anderson's driving guitar vamp, pushed by MacLeod and Hatch drives the energy even higher on this blues rocking instrumental. Whipping out the slide for Son House's classic, Grinnin' In Your Face, Charlie Mallet adds a fat round tone, supplemented nicely by hard working toms by Macleod and nicely blended vocals by Anderson and Emily Anderson. I like the wailing slide tone that Mallet lays down on Blind Faith, an ethereal instrumental with a lot of atmosphere. Springing back with Broken Down with the energy of a Hill Country Blues track, Anderson gets things ramping up working his own guitar nicely with Mallet and the driving snare and cymbal combination of MacLeod and adding in a cool bass solo by Hatch. Wrapping the release is a rowdy version of J Geils' own, House Party. Seems obvious, but this is a perfect track to wrap a live concert with it's driving rhythm, well known lyrics, and the super opportunity to rock out. very cool. 


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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Blind Fiction - Overlook - New release review

 


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Overlook, from Blind Fiction and it's a cool, blues based rocker. Opening with Better Man, an upbeat, country flavored rocker with a contemporary beat, Tim Wright on lead guitar and vocal, Eric Madunic on bass, keys and backing vocals and Nick Lang on drums set a good pace. Joined by Eric Schoor on sax and Andrew Riehle on trumpet, a solid opener. I really like rocker, Deal With You Later with it's harmonized lead vocals, fanned blues chords and romping bass line. Wright gets loose on this one showing his excellent chops. Mean Old Jack maintains a rock stance but with firm blues footing, and slick slide guitar by Wright. With broad radio styling, Waiting On A Tragedy, utilizes harmony vocals, a strong guitar riff and nice additional keyboard work by Joe Howard, to create the perfect hit combination. Closing the release is You Never Know, with it's basic R&B feel but with a cool hitch rhythm giving it a more contemporary feel. I really like Wright's vocal on this one and his guitar work is understated but very effective. The addition of Schoor's sax solo, Jamie Breiwick's trumpet solo and Tim Preuss on bass gives this track a cool jazz edge. Very nice closer. 


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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Cleopatra Blues artist: Kirk Fletcher - My Blues Pathway - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, My Blues Pathway, from Kirk Fletcher and it's great. Opening with blues rocker, Ain't No Cure For The Downhearted, Kirk Fletcher opens his newest release with a smooth rolling track. Joined by Travis Carlton on bass, Lemar Carter on drums, Jeff Babko on keys, Joe Sublett on sax and Mark Pender on trumpet, Fletchers vocals are crisp and his guitar riffs fluid. Ballad, Love Is More Than A Word, gives Fletcher a nice chance to play and sing in the soul vein. Reinforced on organ by Babko, and with nice horn work, this is a real nice track also giving Fletcher to scream a bit on guitar. Very nice! In the vein of A Thrill Is Gone, funky, Struggle For Grace is one of my favorite tracks on the release. Fletcher's vocals are perfect and his guitar work fluid and gripping. Switching gear into a rolling blues with a organ vamp by Babko and really strong soloing by Fletcher, this is a great change up. Slow blues, Heart So Heavy is another favorite on the release with well phrased lead lines and excellent vocals. Sublett and Trumpet really add nice punctuation but it's Fletcher's attack and BB King like phrasing on the guitar that gives this track drive. Instrumental, D Is For Denny is a cool shuffle with a slick low, mid fretboard melody. This track is almost like a Freddie King design but not exactly. Fletcher takes you for a nice ride with tight drums by David Kida and solid horn support by Sublett and Pender. Wrapping the release is delta style blues, Life Gave Me A Dirty Deal, featuring Fletcher on acoustic guitar and lead vocal and  Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica and joined by Josh Smith on National Resephonic Guitar. With solid bones and tight, authentic feel, this is a nice closer for a really strong release. 


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Friday, October 9, 2020

Peter Parcek - Mississippi Suitcase - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Mississippi Suitcase, from Peter Parcek and it may be his best yet. Opening with The World Is Upside Down, Peter Parcek opens his grittiest and rockinist release, with a driving rhythm and blazing guitar. With a rock modified blues track, Parcek has lead vocal and guitar, backed by Tim Carman on drums, Tom West on keys, and Marc Hickox on bass. Really solid.  With it's march style snare drum rhythm, Everybody Oughta Make A Change has a cool, relaxed blues feel. Parcek's vocals and lead guitar seem to float over the tight drum pattern giving the track a different kind of feel. Very nice. Bob Dylan's, Beyond Here Lies Nothing, has an interesting, easy Latin feel, reminding me of early Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac Blues band with nice slide work and phrasing by Parcek. Followed by The Supernatural, a strong Peter Green composition, Parcek really works the fretboard over with a strong guitar lead composition. Excellent! Mississippi Suitcase, (Slight Return) is a super blues rocker with formidable guitar riffs, a cool organ solo by West, a strong bass line and snappy drums. Parcek's vocals are meaty and the track has guts. Very nice. Slower blues shuffle, Until My Love Come Down, has a real nice pace with soulful organ work by West and with a nice guitar guitar exchange between Parcek and Ted Drozdowski. She Likes To Boogie Real Slow has a cool loping rhythm and Parcek and West trade riffs making the track a real head bobber. Wrapping the release is an interesting instrumental, A Head Full of Ghosts, which I really like. With Carman on drums, primarily on tom toms, a nice stream of keys by West, Hickox on bass and beautifully articulated lead guitar by Parcek, the release leaves you wanting more. Very nice. 


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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Stony Plain Records artists: New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers - Volume 1 - New Release Review


 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Volume 1, from New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers and it's great stuff. Opening with Blues, Why You Worry Me features Charlie Musselwhite on lead vocal  and harmonica. A strong Chicago style shuffle, also includes Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathus on guitars, Jim Dickinson on piano, Luther Dickinson on guitars, mandolin, Cody Dickinson on drums, Chris Chew on bass and Paul Taylor on tub bass. Super opener. Charlie Patton's Pony Blues is a super follow up with it's Hill Country styling and Hart on lead vocal. It's no secret that Mathus is one of my favorite contemporary musicians with his quirky style and super grooves (not to mention his solid country sound). Night Time features Mathus on lead vocal and one of his infectious, funky grooves, driven by Chews' bass line and strong harmonica work from Musselwhite. Very cool. One of those cool party rags, Come On Down To My House, features the late Jim Dickinson on piano and lead vocal, joined by a really comfortable weaving of the entire group on vocal and acoustic instruments. Super country blues stew. Mathus is back at the mic on Shake It and Break It, a cool rag with the classic rag styling of random instrumental blending, stagger drumming and high riding harmonica by Musselwhite. Wrapping the release is the Mississippi Sheiks' Stop and Listen Blues featuring Dickinson on mandolin, Mathus on guitar and Hart on guitar and lead vocal. This is a strong closer for a really cool release.


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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Stony Plain Records artist: Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters - Rise Up - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Rise Up, from Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters and it's smokin! Opening with a simple, acoustic guitar cover of traditional I Shall Not Be Moved, gives you no clues that Earl is about to open a can of Whoop on us. Shuffle, Higher Love, with a solid intro by Earl and Dave Kimina on B3 gives the stage over to super blues vocalist, Diane Blue and she fits like a glove. Settling down into a super groove laid out by Kimina on B3, Forrest Padgett on drums, Paul Kochanski on bass and Peter Ward on guitar, Earl really steps up with some of his beautiful blues phrasing. Fenton Robinson's R&B track, You Don't Know What Love Is is a super platform for Blue and Earl. Blue's vocals are perfectly suited for this style of music and her feel and sense of timing are super. Blues For Lucky Peterson is the first of a number of slow blues tracks where Earl really stretches it out. Busting out at over 10 minutes, you get enough powerful, guitar emotion on this one track to warrant the cost of admission, and there's more to come. Excellent! One of my favorite tracks on the release is Lil Green's, In The Dark which not only brings out the best in Blues' soulful vocal style, but also plays nicely to Earls own guitar strength. Very nice. Soulful gospel track, Lord Protect My Child, is really strong with powerful vocals by Blue that sometimes remind me of the Queen of Soul and excellent B3 work by Limina, reinforcing that gospel flavor. Very nice. Talking To Mr. Bromberg is another excellent slow blues giving Earl an excellent opportunity to show that extraordinary guitar phrasing that he is known for. The tension is thick. Blues For J is an excellent shuffle that gives Limina a nice bit of time center stage. Wrapping the release is Navajo Blues, the last of the slow blues instrumentals on the release. Earl continues to put out terrific releases with deep blue guitar emotion. Excellent. 



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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Big Bear Records artist: Chick Willis - Things I Used To Do - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Things I Used To Do, from Chick Willis and it's solid gold blues. Recorded in August of 1997, this release is a long time coming. Opening with shuffle, Lou's Place, Chick Willis is upfront standing tall on lead vocal and guitar. This is super blues from some of the best days with Tony Ashton on piano, Roger Innis on bass and Sticky Wicket on drums. Excellent opener. Slow blues, Come Back Home, is a strong entry for top track on the release with some of Willis' best vocals and a cool guitar exchange with Ashton's Hammond. Very nice. Remake of Guitar Slims' The Things I Used To Do has a real nice feel with stinging riffs and soulful vocals. R&B track, What You Got On Me, has great rhythmic feel and tight guitar riffs supporting the solid vocals of Willis. Another of my favorite tracks on the release is One Eyed Woman. Tension between Willis' vocals and Ashton's organ are great and Willis' guitar articulation is spot on. Excellent! Willis' Tin Pan Alley has excellent guitar flair and Willis' vocal performance is great! Lavelle White's up tempo, Voodoo Woman, has a great rhythm and Willis really plays his guitar hand nicely. He really gets it moving on this one with solid bass lines by Innis and his own slashing guitar soloing. Wrapping the release is a relaxed, Doin' The Yang thing featuring Ashton taking the lead with a full boat piano melody over a basic rhythm by Innis and Wicket. Solid closer for a fun release. 


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Monday, October 5, 2020

VizzTone Label Group artist: Andy Watts - Supergroove - New Release Review

 


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Supergroove, from guitarist Andy Watts, Israel's Ambassador of the Blues and it's solid and features appearances by Joe Louis Walker and Eliza Neals. Opening with title track, Supergroove, Watts leads the instrumental on guitar, backed by Eyal Klein on keys, Ioram Linker on sax, Gregory Rivkin on trumpet, Llan Hillel on bass and Top Bollig on drums. Linker's solo on bari really sets the track apart, moving real air. Roy Young has the mic on Rick Estrin's shuffle, Living Hand To Mouth featuring Coastin Hank on harmonica and crisp guitar soloing by Watts. My favorite track on the release is slow burner, Burning Deep, featuring Joe Louis Walker on lead vocal and some real nice guitar work by Watts. Walker really digs in and Watts matches him step for step. Very nice. Young is back up front on funky, Pack It Up with it's contagious groove. Watts hangs nicely in the pocket accenting the track with punctual riffs. Very nice.  Eliza Neals is featured on lead vocals on Blues Of The Month Club and takes the wheel, pairing nicely with Watts' firey guitar soloing and snappy drum riffs of Bollig. Wrapping the release is Peter Green's Super Natural (The Supernatural), a cool laid back, Latin fused instrumental with lush guitar work and nice trumpet work by Rivkin and a wark key solo by Klein. Nice closer for a solid release. 


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Friday, October 2, 2020

VizzTone Label Group artist: Lloyd Jones - Tennessee Run - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Tennessee Run, from Lloyd Jones and its a cool blend of blues, R&B, funk and pop giving it a bright, energetic feel. Opening with hard driving R&B track, You Got Me Good, Jones on lead vocal and guitar really has the place hopping. Backed by Kevin McKendree on keys, Steve Mackey on bass, Kenneth Blevins on drums, Jim Hoke on sax, Quentin Ware on trumpet and Roy Agee on trombone this is a strong opener. Rock n roller, I Wish I Could Remember Loving You, has a great rhythm guitar pace with Jones paired with Teresa James on lead vocal and McKendree's piano work is outstanding. One of my favorite tracks on the release is funky swamp track, Bayou Boys with McKendree on organ and cool horn interplay by Hoke, Ware, Agee and with Richard Metz on percussion. Very cool. Hoke lays in a really nice bari solo on another funky swamp track, That's All I Want which also features LaRhonda Steele on vocal. Dilly Dally has a Taj Mahal like, laid back bluesy island feel. With wah wah guitar and funky organ, it just makes you feel good. Wrapping the release is Chevrolet Angel, a funky, bluesy strut. I  like Jones' cocky vocal styling on this one with nice backing vocal by Etta Britt and Jackie Wilson and funky lead guitar by Jones, chased by the horn work of Hoke, Ware, and Agee. A fine closer for a fun release. 


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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Bible & Tire Recording Co. : The Last Shall Be First: The JCR Record Story, Volume 1 - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Last Shall Be First: The JCR Record Story, Volume 1 and it's powerful. Opening with The Calvary Nightingales performing Keep On Pushing this release is off to a terrific start. Using that basic southern soul platform with a strong front male lead vocalist, solid backing vocals, and rhythm guitar, this track will have you groovin. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Father, Guide Me, by The Pilgrimairs and it's rolling "James Brown" feel. Excellent! The Johnson Sisters has another great contribution in You Can't Hurry God with it's driving beat and thick powerful lead and full backing vocals over organ and drums. Just Over The Hill is another potent soul track from The Spiritual Harmonizers. Opening in 3/4 time the track is squeezed for every drop of soul. Then switching to 4/4, the track is rocking. Very cool. The Seven Souls deliver I Want To Move A Little Higher a great track with firm harmony singing. You just can't beat the combination of soul and gospel. Very nice. Bluesy, What A Meeting by The Vigil Lights of Holly Springs is certainly one of my favorites on the release with super vocal work, a firm bass line and tight drums and piano. Excellent! Another powerful blues influenced track, Sitting Down, by The Stars of Faith will really get you moving with it's rolling rhythm guitar riff and tight drum beat under stirring vocal lead and backing vocals. Wrapping the release is an excellent gospel rocker, Sinner Man (What You Gonna Do) performed by The Bible Tones. The release has 17 tracks and they are all strong. This is the second Bible & Tire Recording Company release that I have had the privilege to review and they are both terrific. (I also love the name of the company by the way). These are recordings from the 70's and it's terrific that they are being brought forward for a new audience. These are must haves!




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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

ZOHO Music artist: Swingadelic - Bluesville - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Bluesville, from Swingadelic, a small big band formed by Dave Post on bass. Opening with The Late Late Show, the horns are blazing with John Bauers on vocal and Bryan Davis on solo trumpet. Swinging. A full 18 piece big band is together for Harlem Nocturne featuring Audrey Welber on alto and Boo Reiners on lap steel. Very nice. With it's Latin beat, Mary Ann really ramps up with Bauers on lead vocal, Alex Jeun really winding out the trombone and Joe Taino on laying in solid guitar riffs. This is a great track with strong soloing. Mitch Woods sits in or Parchment Farm with strong vocals and really potent piano work. Joined by Andy Riedel on guitar and Jimmy Coleman on drums, another top track. Latin jazz track, El Blues Esa Mijer is light and springy with Taino on lead guitar and Jeun, again playing some really meaty trombone. On  Riff'n On McGriff'n Kyle Koehler on B3 sets the stage with healthy sax work and strong lead guitar by Andy Riedel. Ellington's The Mooche features stellar work by Ken Robinson on clarinet, Reiners on guitar and Carlos Francis on trumpet. Wrapping the release is an instrumental version of The Late Late Show. This band knows how to turn on the heat and if you dig that jazzier side of the blues, this is a cool trip. 



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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Dancing Bear artist: Sunnysiders - The Bridges - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Bridges, from Sunnysiders and it's a cool blend of 60's rock and blues. Opening with shuffle track, Crossroads of Your Own, Croation  blues duo, Antonija Vrgoc Rola on vocal and tambourine and Boris Hrepic Hrepa on vocal, acoustic guitar and harp set out on their 4th release. With backing by Manu Lanvin on slide guitar and the Norman Beaker Trio featuring Beaker on bass, Steve Gibson on drums, Nick Steed on keys and Kim Kishikawara on sax to is a solid opener. Blues rocker, Tiny Soul has a real interesting melody highlighting Rola on lead vocal and melodic slide guitar adding very nice dynamics. Blockstop is a real rocker with raging drums and solid sax work by Kishikawara. My favorite track on the release is blues ballad, You're Not That Good For Me To Cry with  melodic electric guitar lead throughout and strong vocals by Rola. Not The One of Those is a solid rocker with a strong rock beat and cool harp by Hrepa and strong slide work. Wrapping the release is Heaven Blues Band with a firm melody and nicely blended vocals by Rola and Hrepa. An easy tempo and clean guitar lead gives the track extra traction for a tight close. 


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Monday, September 28, 2020

Highlander Records artist: A Band Called Sam - Legacy - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Legacy, from A Band Called Sam. Built around the vocals of Sandra Taylor, the stylized guitar lead of Gary Sellers and hard working Richie Cannata on sax these guys are really pumping. With Danny Kean on keys, Lawrence Worrell on rhythm guitar, Mario Staiano on drums and Gary Grob on bass, this is a tight unit. On opener, Voice of the Blues, a slick shuffle, with Kean and Cannata working hand in hand with Sellers pushing the energy and Taylor's powerful vocals, a solid opener. On funky R&B number, Good To Ya, Worrell has the mic and really does a nice job. The track really moves and with strong key likes and interesting guitar work, this is one of my favorites on the release. Slow blues track, Papa Blues has a smooth, T Bone Walker kind of feel and really showcases Taylor's vocals. Clocking in at over 7 minutes with excellent keyboard soloing, and a powerful instrumental punch, this is a super track. With a lot of sass Taylor joins with Angela Canini fir a strong vocal duet on, Nothing In The Streets which checks all of the blocks for the ideal radio track with a solid melody, great vocals, and tight instrumentation. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Stinger with a lot of funk. This track, with lead vocals by Worrell shows definite influences of Clinton and Funkadelic. A solid mover and strong closer. 


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Friday, September 25, 2020

Perigon Music artist: Diane Davidson - Perigon: Full Circle - New release review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Perigon: Full Circle, by Dianne Davidson and it's full of rich, soulful ballads. Opening with Just Out Of Reach, Diane Davidson reaches deep with her strong vocal presentation, backed by Larry Cheney on guitar, Leigh Maples on bass, Nancy Gardner on drums, John Salem on keys, Roger Bissel on trombone, Denis Sole on sax and George Tidwell on trumpet. True Believer is an adventurous track with interesting sonic backing. Davidson's vocals are thick and deep and backing by Chaney on guitars, exotic instrument samples and loops, Maples on bass, Gardner on drums Jim Thistle on percussion and Michael Mishaw and Vickie Carrico on backing vocals make this my favorite on the release. Bob Dylan's, To Make You Feel My Love is another standout track on the release with some of Davidson's best vocals on the release. With minimal instrumental backing by Chaney on guitars, Gideon John Klein on cello, Donny Rels on viola, Larry Silver on violin, John Salem on keys, this is tight. Wrapping the release is acoustic ballad, Missing You, with it's strong melody, Davidson on acoustic guitar, Klein on cello, Marianne on English horn and strings arranged by Chaney. Solid closer.


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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Severn Records artist: Sugar Ray and the Bluetones featuring Little Charlie - Too Far From The Bar - New Release Review


 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Too Far From The Bar, by Sugar Ray and the Bluetones featuring Little Charlie and it's heaping dose of Chicago style blues. Opening with shuffle track, Don't Give No More Than You Can Take, featuring Sugar Ray Norcia on lead vocal and harmonica and the great Little Charlie Baty on lead guitar. This is one of the last recordings of Baty who passed away in March of this year. Norcia's vocals are always great and his harmonica playing is first class, backed by Anthony Geraci on keys, Michael Mudcat Ward on bass and Neil Gouvin on drums. Swinging piano boogie, and title track, Too Far From The Bar really hits the groove with Geraci leading the way and Norcia on piano. Baty takes a great solo run showing just how tight his riffs were. Excellent! Instrumental. Reel Burner is a super harmonica track with Norcia barely taking a breath. Stilladog take notice. This track hums! Rock and Roller, My Next Door Neighbor is a vocal workout for Norcia and Baty spanks the fretboard with 50's style riffs over Geraci's piano wizardry a thumping bass and brushed drums. More smooth and a lot more jazzy, What I Put You Through, is one of my favorites on the release with excellent piano work from Geraci under glistening guitar work by Baty and the excellent vocals of Norica. I have to mention Baty's work on jazz standard, I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues, where the entire band really shines but I gotta say, this track was made for Baty. Excellent! Returning to that classic Chicago styling, Walk Me Home is a cool shuffle with ample jam time for Geraci, Baty and Norcia. Very nice. Wrapping the release is an alternate take on Reel Burner. The is a real burner so it's a great kick in the pants to close the release with hot riffs by Norcia throughout. Very solid release. 


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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

L&M Star Productions release: Friends & Legends of Louisiana - New release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Friends & Legends of Louisiana, an idea created by Lucas Spinosa and Mike David and it's a broad swatch of blues featuring a who's who of contemporary artists. Opening with shuffle, Beale Street Blues, Jason Parfait is upfront on lead vocal and wailing on sax, backed by Cranston Clements on guitar, Bob Henderson on guitar, David Hyde on bass, Ian Smith on trumpet, Brian Brignac on drums, Lucas Spinosa on keys and Seth Lecoq on guitar fills. Swinging opener. Wayne Toups has the mic on Belly Of The Beast and featuring Sonny Landreth on guitar. Very nice. Don Rich's lead vocals on Want It To Be are soulfully excellent with strong horn emphasis and a strong sax solo by Parfait. Kenny Neal is upfront on vocal and harmonica on Southern Side of Life. Warm backing vocals by Bob Henderson, Elaine Foster and Taylor Lendo really make this track sail. Rocker, Living In A Fantasy features Ryan Foret on lead vocal with real nice piano work by Spinosa and a tight guitar solo by Clements. Wrapping the release is Memories, a soulful ballad featuring Bryan Romano on lead vocal and sweet sax work by Parfait. Solid closer for a solid release. 


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