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Showing posts with label Watchtower Entertainment. Show all posts
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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Watchtower Entertainment artist: Clay Melton - Back To Blue - New release review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release (July 23, 2021), Back To Blue, from Clay Melton, and it's strong. Opening with title track, Back To Blue, a real nice slower blues ballad, Clay Melton has the lead on vocal and guitar, backed by Dan Smith on bass, Billy Justineau on organ and keys and Danny Jones on tambourine. With it's solid rhythm and tense nature, it's a great base for Melton show his bluesy riffs. His pinched harmonics and fluid phrasing really works this track. Live track, Say That You Love Me, is a thumping blues rocker with potent, modern blues rock phrasing and soulful lead over the powerful bass of Raymon Minton and Grindle on drums. Another live rockin' instrumental, Texas Cyclone, features a cool bass solo by Minton and some really nice blues rock guitar soloing. I'm happy to say it soesn't sound like everything else and really gets your foot going. Very cool. Wrapping the release is ZZ Top's classic, Jesus Just Left Chicago, with not a lot of variation from the original arrangement. Melton's gravely voice works nicely into the format without much difficulty and working up his own guitar lines improves the overall delivery of the track, everyone having heard this track by Gibbons more than a million times. This is a cool closer for a really solid release. 


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