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Showing posts with label Steve Howell and the Mighty Men. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Steve Howell and the Mighty Men. Show all posts

Monday, October 3, 2022

Burnside Distribution artist: Steve Howell and the Mighty Men - Been Here and Gone - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Been Here and Gone, from Steve Howell and the Mighty Men and it's a cool, laid back release. Opening with Billy Page's The In Crowd, Howell on lead guitar really takes a nice stylistic approach over the fundamental pop song from the 60's. With cool tremolo and exploration, and working with Chris Michaels on guitar, Dave Hoffpauir on drums, and Jason Weinheimer on bass, this is a sweet retro opener. Reworking Gary Davis' Candyman, Howell on vocal and guitar the track gets a more rocky approach but keeping it stripped and bluesy with electric riffs, a cool track. Ray Charles' I Believe To My Soul gets a easy rocking version of this classic. With soulful guitar riffs and Howell's vocals, a solid interpretation. William Carradine's, Jimmy Bell, is nice and swampy and Howell's vocals are spot on. With light guitar riffs and a tight drum rhythm, this track is super. Big Bill Broonzy's Willie Mae is electrified and nicely done. With crisp electric guitar riffs over an understated basic blues base makes this one of my  favorites on the release. Wrapping the release is Johnny Smith's classic (made famous by  the Ventures) Walk Don't Run. This surf track with it's guitar melody has always been a classic and its a great finisher for a super release. 

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