Archive for June, 2016

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Jun
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MARK MAY BAND-BLUES HEAVEN-“CONSISTENT HIGH QUALITY SONGS AND CHOPS”-BY JOHN EMMS

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It may seem strange this long into a career but Blues Heaven is Mark May’s most consistent song cycle and radio ready album.

The title track is easily the most soulful song any Bluesman has written in the last few years with killer solos by May and sax man Eric Demmer

May is a chameleon of many blues styles.

There is the Jimmy Vaughan influence of She’s a Keeper, the Warren Haynes vibe of Almost Like A Suicide and the Butterfield Blues Band roll of Put Down That Poison.

Other standouts are the R & B groove of Garden of Truth and the superb Bernard Allison vibe on Money (not the Pink Floyd track)

Excellent work, great band.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, Sun Media contributor and singer-Songwriter with Canadian Blues rockers THE SHAFTMEN

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

JOHN is on TWITTER

https://twitter.com/emmsreviews

 

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03
Jun
16

DAVE INSLEY-JUST THE WAY THAT I AM-“BOOTS ON COUNTRY”-BY JOHN EMMS

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Dave Insley’s new cd Just The Way I Am is boots on country, authentic and real.

Opening with the excellent Drinkin’ Wine and Staring at the Phone is classic 60’s Bakersfield via Austin Texas, while the minor chord I Don’t Know How this Story Ends has a Merle Haggard vibe.

This is total mid 60’s throwback Honky Tonk as evidenced on No One To Come To or Win Win Situation for Losers, yet there is a tenderness to the superb title track .

The musicians on the album are totally key to the album’s charm in particular Rick Shea’s guitar work and the excellent piano chops of Matt Hubbard.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, Sun Media contributor and singer-songwriter with Canadian Blues Rockers THE SHAFTMEN

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

JOHN is also on TWITTER

https://twitter.com/emmsreviews

 




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