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Showing posts with label The Bluesmasters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Bluesmasters. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Direct Music Distribution artists: The Bluesmasters - Volume Three - New Release Review

I just received the most recent release, Volume Three, from The Bluesmasters and its got a lot of cool. Opening with Loving Man, an easy flowing blues track featuring Hazel Miller on lead vocal. Miller has a powerful voice and is constant edged by stinging guitar riffs by guitarist Tim Tucker. Can't Let You Go, also featuring Miller on lead vocal, is firmly paced by Larry Thompson on drums and Kassidy Tucker on bass. Tim Tucker lays down some really hot riffs on this track with Mitch Towne on keys providing strong support on the bottom. Little Walter's Up The Line is done as a R&B style blues track featuring Mickey Thomas on vocal and Doug Lynn on harp. This track is made to get you on your feet and should easily do that. The Colorado Boogie is a cool instrumental track with nice harp lead by Lynn. Easily my favorite track on the release. Miller is back on lead vocal on Suspicious, a soul style blues track with long claws. Miller really does a nice job on this track and Tucker rips really nice guitar riffs as well. On Good Time Woman, a fast paced Chicago style blues track, Lynn and Miller share the lead role. One of the most balanced tracks on the release. Jimmy Reed's baby Want You Want Me To Do retains much of the original feel but has a bit more swagger and a less contained Thomas and harpist Lynn do a nice job of a total remake. On Come Back Baby Miller and Tucker hold down the spotlight in standard 12 bar fashion. Miller seems to be coaxing Tucker to rip throughout the track and Tucker keeps his axe in top form. One I Need has a slower pace and Miller takes control with nicely phrased lead vocals. This track is probably the best showcase of Tucker's guitar prowess, with him flexing his muscles without overplaying. Very nice. The release is concluded by Eddie Money's Baby Hold On. Although not a pop music fan, Mickey Thomas does a nice job of delivering the good to what will likely be a crowd favorite.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Direct Music Distribution artist:The Bluesmasters - The Bluesmasters Volume Two - New Release Review


In dedication to Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin, both who played on this recording, a second volume of The Bluesmasters has been released. Featured are Mickey Thomas (vocals), Cassie Taylor (vocal and bass), hazel Miller (vocal),Eric Gakes (guitar) Rusty Anderson (guitar), Tim Tucker (guitar), Doug Lynn (harmonica), Aynsley Dunbar (drums), Larry Thompson (drums)and Ric Ulsky (Hammond B-3). First up is Sam Cooke's Bring It On Home To Me done jumps style with Taylor on vocals and Tucker kicking out a hot riff on guitar. Elmore James tune Talk To Me Baby gone swing shuffle again finds Taylor and Tucker rocking the joint with a cool harp riff from Lynn pushing Tucker on guitar. Johnnie Johnson standard Tanqueray gets a shuffle feel and Miller leads the way for a totally different feel altogether. Willie Dixon's I Just Want To Make Love To You gets a slinky feel. Don Nix ballad Same Old Blues features Taylor at her best and Tucker lays down a real strong guitar solo. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water, made popular by Ella, features Thomas and Taylor trading lead vocals and Lynn on harp. Big Boss Man features Miller again on vocals stomping out the blues. Fine Cadillac done shuffle style features Gales on vocal and extensive guitar with Taylor and may be the best track on the recording. Thomas is back on Willie Dixon's Red Rooster and he sounds as good as ever. I particularly like the harp work by Lynn on this track. Robert Johnson's 3220 Blues is well managed by Taylor and group. Get Me A Car highlights Perkins on piano with Thomas on vocals alternating back and forth between the latin and shuffle rhythms. Jimmy Reed's Honest I Do again featuring Perkins and Taylor is done New Orleans style with some tasty guitar riffs added over top of the solid piano leading the way.

If you want some solid blues with traditional flavoring, this may be your ticket.

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