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Showing posts with label Station House Records. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Station House Records. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Station House Records artist: Kara Grainger - Living With Your Ghost - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Living With Your Ghost, from Kara Grainger and it's solid. Opening with straight up rocker and title track, Living With Your Ghost, Kara Grainger leads on vocal with Anders Osborne on guitar, Ivan Neville on keys, J.J. Johnson on drums and Dave Monsey on bass. With it's steady rhythm, slick guitar solo and memorable melody, this is a certain radio track. Working My Way Back Home has a particularly intriguing drum rhythm and super slide from Osborne. Very nice. My favorite vocal track on the release is Nowhere To Be Found nicely showcasing Grainger's emotional delivery, emphasized by Neville's organ work and warm slide work of Osborne. Spirited track, You're In New Orleans features a vocal duet by Osborne and Grainger. Lightly salted with guitar, drums and keys and with the injection of the Texas Horns, excellent. Funky, Groove Train really gets a great groove going with a solid bass line by Monsey and super punctuation by the Texas Horns. Grainger's sassy vocals, a hot sax solo and nicely executed guitar riffs by Osborne make this my favorite on the release. Reason To My Verse has a really soothing, John Hiatt feel, making it another strong entry to this release. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Freedom Song with a strong drums line and sonic guitar work surrounding the bluesy vocals of Grainger. This is an unusual but particularly cool track and an excellent closer for a cool release. 

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Station House Records artist: Dany Franchi - Problem Child - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Problem Child, from Dany Franchi and it's quite good. Opening with Back To The River, a full bodied R&B, horns and all with Dany Franchi on guitar and vocal,  Anson Funderburgh with round tone soloing and the Texas Horns chasing. Super opener. Give Me A Sign has a real nice piano rhythm by Jim Pugh and excellent guitar riffs by Franchi, backed by Nate Rowe on bass and Wes Starr on drums. With it's solid texas lope, Big Town Playboy features strong harp work by Greg Izor and rich lead guitar work by Franchi giving this track real traction. Soul ballad Real Love features some of Franchi's best vocal work on the release, with warm horns by Kaz Kazanoff, John Mills & Jimmie Shortel and a nice melodic guitar solo by Franchi. Very nice. Another favorite, Don't Steal My Time, has a great blend of warm vocals, great guitar riffs and fat horns. Excellent. Freddie King's Sen-Sa-Shun has real snap. Franchi has excellent guitar diction and with a fat organ solo by Pugh, this track sails. Excellent! Slow and expressive, My Only One is intense with super vocals and gripping guitar lines. Very very nice. Another strong entry is Everything Gonna Be Alright with excellent blues phrasing and hair raising runs. Excellent! Wanna Know is a sure footed blues rocker with an almost Paul Rodgers sureness. This release is super strong and shows unusual strength. This guy is gonna make some money! 

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