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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Gravely James - From Steve's Shed - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, From Steve's Shed, by Gravely James and it's an upbeat folk blues release. Opening with 103, James shows a lot of energy on vocal and acoustic guitar with foot stomps and spoon like percussion featuring Gravely James (Chris Madronich) on vocal and guitar. Well structured ballad, Atlantis on My Lips has a radio friendly melody and a quiet approach making it my selection for radio play. With it's driving guitar rhythm and excited vocals, Farewell Anita is likely to be a strong crowd favorite in live performances with a memorable melody, hootin' and hollerin'. Shoot 'em Down has the classic lines of a traditional folk song with a super melody and straight forward accompaniment. With it's winsome whistling, Cold Stone Heart is a peppy little track with snappy guitar riffs and some of James' best vocals on the release. Wrapping the release is Beers with Joe Lapinski, a vibrant and energetic track with a cool contrast between the vocal and guitar. Cool closer for a cool release. 



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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

VizzTone Label Group artist: AJ Fullerton - The Forgiver and the Runaway - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Forgiver and the Runaway, from AJ Fullerton and it's a solid blues rocker with a rural feel. Opening with Remind Me Who I Am Again, AJ Fullerton on lead vocal and guitar exudes confidence with Anna Ruddick on bass, Glenn Milchem on drums, and strong key work by Jesse O'Brien as well as warm vocal backing by Chantal Hendricks and the Marrinaires. Very nice. Slippin' Away is a cool, contemporary shuffle with a super melody and great lead vocals. A smooth balance between the solo guitar work and the piano lead really works nicely. Rocker, Say You'll Stay is one of my favorites on the release with  harmonica work by Paul Reddick and vibrant guitar lead by Fullerton and Steve Marriner. Another of my favorite tracks on the release is Never Was with a distinct C Berry rhythm pattern that makes you feel the beat. An excellent solo of excellent pedal steel work by Aaron Goldstein contrasts really nicely with soft backing vocals work great with Fullerton's lead vocal. With a bit of influence of the laid back country rock of JJ Cale, Homesick is likely the top radio track on the release, with a solid melody and again, super steel acoustic guitar work by Fullerton. Wrapping the release is Hook's In The Water with a laid back country blues styling. With hints to Taj Mahal or other like contemporary blues artists, this is a solid closer. 


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Monday, April 5, 2021

Blues Mountain Records artist: Big Harp George - Living In The City - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Living In The City, from Big Harp George, and it's a solid mix or blues and rock. Opening with Build Myself an App, a rock track with a retro beat features Big Harp George on lead vocal and harp, Chris Burns on keys, Doug Rowan on bari sax, Joe Kyle on bass, June Core on drums, Kid Andersen on guitar and the Sons of the Soul Revivers (James Dwayne and Walter Morgan) on backing vocals. Heading Out to Itaipu has a cool, light Latin feel with excellent percussion by D'Mar, Little Charlie Baty on guitar, Carlos Reyes on Paraguayan harp and violin, Kid Andersen on bass, and really nicely crafted harmonica lead by George. Laid back blues, Bayside Bounce, has a cool, shuffle beat with Ben Torres on bari sax, Andersen on bass, and featuring Baty with some really tasty guitar riffs under George's harmonica lead. Blues shuffle, First Class Muck Up is my favorite track on the release with it's boogie beat and heavy sax bottom by Ben Torres. George lays down some really cool, fluid harmonica lead and Baty's guitar work is hot. Very nice. Pusher in a White Purse is another favorite with a slinky feel, some of George's best vocals on the release, warm backing vocals by Sons of Soul Revivers and a soulful guitar solo by Andersen. Wrapping the release is Meet Me at the Fence with an eastern zither intro by Firas Zreik, Loay Dahbour on Arabic percussion, Amal Markus on vocal, Joe Kyle on bass and Loralee Christiansen on backing vocal with George pulling it all together into a blues, rock middle eastern fusion. 


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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Blue Heart Records release: Backyard Blues - Blues Society of Central PA. - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Backyard Blues, by the Blues Society of Central PA. It's a collection of tracks of varying blues styles written and performed by Central Pennsylvania artists and it's a lot of fun. Opening with A Bad Influence, a cool shuffle by Blues On The Loose featuring Lewy Dean on lead vocal and harmonica, Jay McElroy on keys and guitar, and Doug Porter on bass. Rose Hudson with Barrelhouse performs Since We've Been Apart, a slow blues with a lot of tension featuring a drone bass line by John McGovern, Mark Huber on keys, Tommy Leanza on drums and Steve Davis on guitar, supporting the resonant vocals of Hudson. The Mighty Klucks step up with potent guitar led instrumental, C Jam, featuring Todd Klucker on guitar, Christina Klucker on bass ad Sam Welday on drums. Very cool. Bob Wineland and the House Band lays down a real nice up tempo shuffle, What Have You Done For Me Lately, with a driving bass line, fluid keys and a tight drum rhythm. Wrapping the release is Buzzard Luck with True Force of Nature blending blues, rock and country. This is a cool set of blues fused music. 


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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Broken String Records artist: Robert Allen Parker - The River's Invitation - New Release Review

 


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The River's Invitation, by Robert Allen Parker is it's quite entertaining. Opening with rocker, The Sound Of A Revolution, a vibrant instrumental with smoking drums by Paul Taylor, Brian Wells and Howard Grimes, Parker on guitars and Gerald Stephens  on keys. My favorite track on the release is traditional Jesus Is On The Main Line with great slide by Parker and strong vocal work by Kennard Farmer, Sheba Potts- Wright and Hope Clayburn. Excellent! Indian Dream / 1 Way 2 Fly is a cool track with soaring violin work by Krista Lynne and Cello by Jana Misener, breaking into a crisp, Kink's like rocker. Farmer is again up front on lead vocal with Parker setting a guitar rocking feel and offering up some cool blues rock riffs. Progressive jazz rocker, The Movement, features Stephens on keys and cool Latin percussion by Michael Alan Todd and Melvin Turner under fluid Latin rock guitar riffs. Very cool. Another of my favorites on the release is King Curtis' classic, Soul Serenade featuring Candice Ivory belting out the lyrics with Hope Clayburn on sax, Victor Sawyer on trombone, Shayla Shaw and Jared Dover on trumpet and Parker on lead guitar showing definite influences by Duane Allman. This track captures the original essence intended by Owsley.  Another track featuring Ivory is acoustic ballad, Hear These Words with just the simplest of guitar accompaniment by Parker. Very nice. Another excellent redo is Al Green's I'm A Ram, featuring Chris Stephenson on lead vocal and keys. Sweaty and funky with Hope Clayburn on sax, Victor Sawyer on trombone, Shayla Shaw and Jared Dover on trumpet and some really tasty guitar work by Parker.. really nice! Skydog, a tribute to Duane Allman, features Parker on electric and acoustic guitar, with Khari Wynn and Rev. Neil Down on guitars, along with Stephens on keys and Taylor, Wells and Grimes on drums. Definitely Allman like jamming. Midnight Sun opens with Richard Cushing on sitar, breaking into a poppy rocker featuring some really nice lead vocal by Kennard Farmer. Straight up with a driving drum rhythm thump, this has a lot of movement and fusion style guitar lead by Parker and funky wah wah guitar rhythm. Another of my favorites on the release is Copperhead Boogie with a relentless, JL Hooker boogie vamp and a energetic lead guitar backed by punchy trumpet work by Shaw and Dover. Wrapping the release is And The Song Goes On Forever, an anthem like instrumental with an ultrafunky opening and elongate guitar solo not unlike something the the Allmans or Marshall Tucker might do. This is a cool closer for a cool release. 


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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

I'm A Tiger - Tokyo Tramps - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, I'm A Tiger, from Tokyo Tramps and it's a pop blues rocker. Opening with I'll Stay And Take Care of You, a rocking track with a cool back beat features Satoru Nakagawa on vocal and guitar, Yukiko Fujii on bass, keys and vocals and Tim Carman on drums, percussion and vocals. Pop ballad and title track, I'm A Tiger features Fujii on lead vocal and shimmery guitar work by Nakagawa on guitar. Long Day has a cool New Orleans flavor with funky drums and percussion work by Carman and grinding blues guitar ruffs by Nakagawa. Wrapping the release is instrumental, Lovin' Man, with it's quiet ballad like form and featuring Nakagawa on lead guitar melody.  Overdubbing additional guitar soloing in layers, this is a cool closer. 


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Monday, March 29, 2021

Blind Racoon Nola Blue Collection Volume 3 - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Volume 3 from Blind Racoon Nola Blue Collection and it's chocked full of tasty tracks. Opening with Time To Forget You, from Willie Bo Walker and Danny Flam, a slow paced blues track with screaming slide and fat horns is always a great start. John Nemeth's contribution, I Can See Your Love Shine, has a cool modified reggae beat with some tasty guitar and harp work with a poppy feel. Clarence Spady's, Surrender is a warm, slow blues with cool, soulful vocals, tight, nicely phrased guitar riffs and crystal clear piano. Laura Tate's I Need A Man, features solid vocals and with punchy horns and snappy drums, and really nice piano work, commands attention. CD Woodbury performs classic, Can't Eat That Stuff No More, with plenty of humor and spunk. Dudley Taft blends blues and rock for The End Of The Blues, with his own stylistic boogie rock and rock guitar styling. Rocker, Memphis Hotline, is Brigitte Purdy's contribution  with plenty of spunk and a driving pace. Acoustic blues, Riverbend Blues is a strong entry with strong vocals and resonator guitar work by Eric Johanson. Mildly funky Red Walls, by Miss Bix, featuring Keeshea Pratt is one of my favorites on the release with real nice vocals and strong blues guitar work. Lisa Mann's It's the Monkeys or Me is a cool blend of country and blues by Lisa Mann. Her vocals are terrific and the guitar work is tight and ripping. Boogie rocker, Pretty Kitty is a strong entry by Paul Boddy & the Slidewinder Blues Band. With it's call and response between lead vocal and guitar and the sailing harmonica, it's hard not to like. Harmonica blues, Blow Fish Blow! is a cool guitar/piano instrumental featuring Elena Keto and Hiroshi Eguchi. Wrapping the release is Skylar Rogers and Back To Memphis. With it's classic bass line and power vocal lead, supported by clean electric guitar riffs, this is a solid closer for NOLA Blue. 


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Friday, March 26, 2021

Stony Plain Records artists: New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers - Volume 2 - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release (March 26, 2021 ... today), Volume 2 from New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers and it's really strong. Opening with Blues For Yesterday, Charlie Musselwhite on lead vocal and harmonica sets a Chicago feel with Alvin Youngblood Hart on guitar, Jimbo Mathus on guitar, Jim Dickenson on piano, Luther Dickinson on guitar, Cody Dickinson on drums and Chris Chew on bass. On Doug Sham's She's About A Mover, Alvin Youngblood Hart has the lead vocal spot and Musselwhite lays in some really nice harmonica. Jimbo Mathus has lead vocal on Searchlight, probably the most Chicago I've heard form Mathus since his work with Buddy Guy. A solid bass line from Chew and well placed guitar and harmonica work makes this track fly. Charles Mingus' Oh Lord, Don't let Them Drop That Atom Bomb is a really nice showcase for Jim Dickinson on piano and vocal. This is a truly soulful track and one of the highlights of the release with gritty vocal blending. Greens and Ham is a great entry by Mathus in his primitive Mississippi blues styling. I've always liked Jimbo's country styling and this track is all Jimbo. Real nice. Musselwhite's Black Water is a strong track and a perfect name for this track with it's dark tones and overall heavy feel. This is my favorite track on the release with Musselwhite on vocal and harmonica but a a great track for the band as a whole. With some dark slide work and warm harmonica, it's all gravy. Hart delivers the most pure blues track on the release with If Blues Was Money with authentic delta style acoustic guitar work, complimented by Luther D on mandolin and Musselwhite on harmonica. Excellent! Luther takes the lead on Blue Guitar, a slide guitar lead instrumental. This is another terrific track with great feel and pace. Wrapping the release is Blues Is A Mighty Bad Feeling, a Mississippi Sheiks track with Jim Dickinson on lead vocal and piano. This is a strong slower blues with nicely articulated guitar by Luther and Charlie adding just the right amount of Harmonica. Strong closer for a really cool release. 


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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Shakin' Woods - The Blues Proper Sessions Vol. 2 - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Blues Proper Sessions Vol. 2, from Shakin' Woods and it's a cool mix of blues and pop. Opening with blues jam, Enemy, with it's slow, electric blues roots. With singer/guitarist Rich Russman leading the way, this is a strong opener with firey riffs and solid backing by Austin Day on keys and Paul Dudley on drums, this is a solid opener. On Robert Johnson penned, I Believe I'll Dust My Broom with it's strong nod to Elmore James, Day takes over lead vocal and lays down some real nice slide guitar. Wrapping the release is Peter Green's Long Grey Mare with a cool British rock rhythm guitar and bass and lead harmonica work by Rob Paparozzi. Cool closer.



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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Reverend Randy Mac - No Running From The Blues - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, No Running From The Blues, from Reverend Randy Mac, and it's a solid blues rocker. Opening with title track, No Running From The Blues, lead singer Richard Fidge, is joined by Randy Mac on guitar and bass, Timothy Sears on drums, Neil Barbu-Rip on organ, Kim Lange on backing vocal, Dennis Orris on piano and Eric Noffz on sax. With it's rockfunky bottom and strong drum rhythm and blues based guitar soloing, the band is off and running. With a rocking, walking bass line, Have A Good Time really gets moving and with power, John Lord like organ work by Barbu-Rip and a rowdy guitar solo by Randy Mac this track is a mover. Another funky rocker, So Mean, has a cool edge and features a thumping bass solo and flaming guitar solo by Randy Mac. My favorite track on the release is Are You Ready with rocking rim shot and a driving bass line. Up tempo boogie, Fools Paradise, has a great beat and with power organ and tight drums really hits the spot. Wrapping the release is The Devil, with a great walking bass line, wild vocal and edgy guitar. Noffz's sax work rounds out the track, a solid closer. 


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Monday, March 22, 2021

Thirty Tigers artist: Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Dance Songs For Hard Times - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Dance Songs For Hard Times (April 9, 2021), from Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band and it's gritty and solid. Opening with Ways and Means, with it's raw, Hill Country like sound. Peyton on lead vocal and guitar and backed by Breezy Peyton on washboard, percussion and vocal and Sad Max Senteney on drums, percussion and vocal, this track has real stones. It's primitive rhythm and sparse instrumentation, it's what blues is all about. Excellent opener. Rocker, Rattle Can is propelled by slide guitar and driving percussion. Peyton really winds it out on this one and his call response with Breezy is terrific.  No Tellin' When, a real blues, with authentic style vocals and guitar percussion is the real deal. This is the kind of track that reflects the real power in the Son House and Lightning Hopkins recordings. Very nice. Sad Song not only has the grit of original blues but also the undercut funk of Little Feat but way underplayed. With vocal work by the Peytons and Senteney and the Rev's slide work against the stiff percussion, another solid track. Cool boogie track, Nothing's Easy But You and Me has a great tempo and driving slide. Super track. Wrapping the release is Come Down Angels, a high energy, spiritual sparked track with shared vocal lead with Breezy and lively slide work. This is a hot release that should appeal to most lovers of hard line blues and folk style music.


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Friday, March 19, 2021

Bible & Tire Recording Company artist: Elizabeth King - Living In The Last Days - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release (April 2, 2021), Living In The Last Days, from Elizabeth King and it's deeply spiritual. King, who was never expected to walk again after a terrible auto accident in 1969 took her first steps and pledged herself to the Lord. King quite recording sacred soul in the mid seventies concentrating on raising her 15 children. Her new release opens with No Ways Tired, a soulful track with the powerful lead vocal of King, backed by Will Sexton on guitar, Mark Stuart on bass, George Sluppick on drums and Matt Ross - Spang on guitar plus Al Gamble on organ, rick Steff on organ, Chris Barnes on vocal, Courtney Barnes on vocals Art Edmaiston on horns, Jim Spake on horns and on vocal and Wurlitzer. Stuart's bass line sets a cool theme for the track and King's vocals are powerful. With a distinct, almost Muscle Shoals like sound, this is a solid opener. With it's R&B styling but with the revival uplift, Living In The Last Days, has great gospel feel with vibrant organ and great lead/backing vocal energy. Mighty Good God has a strong soul theme and all of the vibrancy of gospel with the Rosetta Tharpe rock bottom. Very nice. Hi Energy, Reach Out And Touch is  straight up revival track that will keep you on your feet with your hands in the air. My favorite track on the release is Walk With Me with it's bluesy soul vocal and guitar. Warm backing vocal and crisp guitar riffs over organ bass is the ticket here. Another stand out track is a capella, Blessed Be The Name delivered as if from Son House's lips and that is rare air. Excellent! Wrapping the release is You've Got To Move with one of the most soulful deliveries on this classic I've heard. This is an excellent closer for a strong release. 


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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Swampside Records artist: Sauce Boss - Peanuts - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Peanuts, from Sauce Boss, and I think it's his best yet. Taken from the original score for the Jimmy Carter film, Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President, this release opens with Let the Big Dog Eat, a romping rocker with a heavy bass line by Majic John Jones and rowdy vocals by Boss, backed by Pat Ramsey on harmonica, Lucky Peterson on organ, and Shannon Kori on drums. Zipper Bird is a cool blues rocker with Boss winding it out nicely on slide guitar. Very cool. Slinky, Alligator, is one of my favorite tracks on the release with a funky back beat and with Ramsey answering Boss's wailing vocal call on harmonica over a strong bass line. Very cool. Outlaw Blues is a raw, blues specifically working Boss' slide work and holler vocals over a driving drum beat. Gotta love this. Out In The Night is a strong rock jam that I would associate with Joe Walsh's style. It has pure blues rock bones and elevated guitar work, supported by John Hart on guitar, Jassen Wilber on bass and Justin Headley on drums. Wrapping the release is quiet ballad, Song of The Irish Band, featuring boss on guitar and vocal. This is really a versatile release with something for everyone.



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Monday, March 15, 2021

Landslide Records artist: Damon Fowler - Alafia Moon - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release (March 26, 2021), Alafia Moon, from Damon Fowler and it is a healthy dose of blues rock with a plenty of slide. Opening with Live It Alone, a cool, swampy, rocker, Fowler on slide and vocal leads the way with Chuck Riley on bass, Justin Headley on drums, T.C. Carr wailing on harmonica, Mike Kach on keys, Betty Fox on backing vocals, this is a great opener. Title track, Alafia Moon is a strong, country blues ballad with a great melody and warm backing vocals. Kach's organ work gives it a rich, almost spiritual feel and backing vocals add almost a contemporary Pink Floyd feel. I really like this track with it's rich core. Light, finger picked, The Guitar, is a really cool track with just a dash of Tex-Mex. Fowler really sounds comfortable in this story telling track and it's unassuming freshness. Hip To Your Trip is a modern funky blues, built around a framework of Broonzy's Key To The Highway. With a great bass line, hot slide and funky drums, the only thing I don't like about it is over to quickly. Nice! Another favorite on the release is Taxman, a slow blues with some of Fowler's best vocals on the release and really sweet slide work to boot! Fowler plays some really tasty lead over slide on this track giving it a deep blues feel. Excellent! Funky rocker, Wanda, is guaranteed to get you dancing in your seat if not on your feet. This is a hot track and could be the radio track for the release. Wrapping the release is hot shuffle < Kicked His Ass Out with hot, Gatemouth Brown like picking, rolling into full slide work under super backing vocals. Excellent closer.  


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Friday, March 12, 2021

Third Man Records artist: Danny Kroha - Detroit Blues - New Release Review

 


I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Detroit Blues, from Danny Kroha and it's pretty exciting. Kroha, who takes a pure, primitive approach to the blues hits it square on the screws. Opening with Poor Howard, Kroha uses his basic tools, voice, guitar and foot stomp to make this early, country natural blues. This is pure music as if it came from the earth. Great opener. Simple rag, Detroit Blues, is simple and strong with Kroha singing and playing with no tricks. On diddley bow, Kroha sings Oh Death with the same conviction seen of Son House. This music is very straight forward and solid. Come out The Wilderness is another cool track with diddley bow slide work and strong blues roots. Kroha really works his craft giving the listener the sense that they are listening to an artist who is making music because he loves it rather than because it's popular. Very nice. Another rag track, Adam And Eve really plays up the period with kazoo and guitar. Working his mouth bow on Run Johnny, Kroha brings you back to recordings by Othar Turner and his flute. It is the primitive yet soulful originality of the music. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Up Above My Head, a Sister Rosetta Tharpe track with her spiritual rock styling. Kroha rocks this track on guitar and vocal making it an ideal closer for a very unique and fun release. 


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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Joe Lewis Band - Up Next - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Up Next, from the Joe Lewis Band and I really like it. Opening with I Like It, obviously influenced by Hill Country music and with traces of Gary Clark, this track has a great bottom by Tom Cole on bass and Derrick Enyard on drums and strong vocals by Lewis who also plays lead guitar. Up tempo, Can I Get With You and it's walking guitar and bass lead sets a super feel for a mix between blues, rock, gospel and pop. Lewis isn't bashful on guitar really ramping up his short guitar blasts. Soulful, Broken Angel Of The Delta, is the definite radio track on the release with it's lush melody, super vocals and reverb soaked guitar work. Lewis will likely get strong airplay with this mix of vocal and bluesy guitar soloing. Very nice. With a funky soul feel, Do Drop Inn really has a nice groove with just the right rhythm guitar effort and minimal bass and drums to cradle Lewis' vocals and allowing an excellent opening for explosive guitar soloing. Strong. Guitar instrumental, Twang A Doodle Boom Boom has a fast paces boogie beat. Lewis shows he really can do some nice picking as well. Low slung shuffle, Baby Rocks The Boat has a great lope and ventures into Texas and that SRV feel. Lewis again solos on the guitar but baits you more than rips it with great tasteful lines. Wrapping the release is Jesus I Love The Way you Love, a simple, light ballad. With blended vocals by Lewis, Cole and Enyard and a compact radio style guitar solo, a cool closer.


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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Misty Blues - None More Blue - New Release Review

 


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, None More Blue, from Misty Blue and it's a cool, dark blues interpretation. Opening with My One and Only, lead singer, Gina Coleman sets the pace with a tight band. With Seth Fleischmann on guitar, Bill Patriquin on bass, Benny Kohn on keys, Rob Tatten on drums and Aaron Dean on sax, this is a solid opener. With strong lead guitar over a rumbling bass and drum rhythm, and wailing sax by Dean, this track is super. With a funky, jazzy, rhythm, These Two Veils is a mover with a great bass line and trumpet accents by Patriquin and sassy lead guitar by Fleischmann. Dean is always there with soulful sax lines and Kohn's glistening keyboard work adds nicely to Coleman's vocal lead. Very nice. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Change My Luck, which puts me in mind of Muddy Waters. Gritty vocals by Coleman and nicely executed harmonica riffs by Ed Moran over great tension provided by Kohn's organ gives this track real traction. Blues rocker, Ready To Play, has a firm drum stick by Diego Mongue and again with Moran contributing nicely on harp, sets a solid stage for Coleman's vocal lead. Kohn drives the organ up and Patriquin's trumpet and Dean's sax work nicely ice the track. Step Right Up has a different type of hook that would seem to work well for radio with it's bouncy beat and fluid melody line, cool bass lines by Mongue, and interwoven sax by Dean and guitar soloing by Fleischmann. Down home country blues styling on Days Gone By features Coleman on cigar box guitar and vocal, with only minimal backing on guitar and percussion. Light and fun. Wrapping the release is Nothing to Lose with Dan Eskop on bass, Mongue on drums, Richard Boulger on trumpet Wendy Lipp on vocal, Rob Tatten, Moran, Kohn and Patriquin on backing vocal and  fat horn work by Tatten on trombone, Patriquin on trumpet and Dean on sax. Very cool closer for a solid release. 


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