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Apr
14

LEON RUSSELL GETS BACK, BILLY BRANCH & THE SONS OF BLUES, JOHNNY DEMARCO-CD REVIEWS JOHN EMMS

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Leon Russell-“This is a record of my musical journey through life,” Russell writes in a package essay for Life Journey.  “It reflects pieces of things that I have done and things I never did, for one reason or another.”

Amen to that. This is classic Leon. Smart lean arrangement with Robben Ford on That Lucky Ol’ Sun,  Rockin 50’s vibe to his own Big Lips, a galloping stride on the classic Fever and Robert Johnson’s Come in My Kitchen kicks it off.

Johnny Demarco-Living Out Our Dreams-Demarco is a solid songwriter, no doubt. Big Bryan Adams influence on most of the album especially on the title track and  Never Gonna Be Good Enough. Superb acoustic version of Stop In The Name of Love

Billy Branch and The Sons of Blues-This is the real deal in blues, despite the fact that the album touches on a lot of genres. Great band feel on all tracks, in fact Billy’s band is super tight.

Sons of Blues works in horns, great lyrics and groove,  title track has a funk feel with nice slinky slide guitar from Dan Carrelli, Going To See Miss Gerri One More Time a song dedicated to 93 year old Gerri Oliver is hands down one of the best songs I have heard this year.  Other standout songs include a ripping take on Boom Boom and the swinging Crazy Mixed Up World.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, online radio host and singer songwriter with Canada’s blues/roots rockers THE SHAFTMEN

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-worlds-gone-crazy/id673101570

 

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