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DUDLEY TAFT/Simple Life: Don't let the title of this set make you think the guitar gunslinger and former Phisherman has gone soft. Still a hard hitting, heartlander, Taft fires up his ax and cuts a mighty swath once again. With anthemic punch running throughout, here's the proof there's heavy duty stuff coursing through the underground. Check it out if you're ready to rock.

ALEX LOPEZ/Yours Truly, Me...: A versatile cat that knows how to hit them to all fields, he's the closest thing the nu world has to an all around entertainer that has no problem genre hopping and style mixing. An entertainer with the skills to pay the bills, this is the kind of easy going, fun stuff that always great to kick back with.

VARIOUS/Battle of the Blues-Chicago vs. Oakland: A labor of love that got sidetracked by 2 major health scares, this blues set has tracks that go all the way back to 1990. Originally inspired by highlighting unheralded blues stars in his adopted home of Oakland, Twist Turner wrote most of the tracks, producing them as well. After moving back to Chicago, he checked out his back pages and rounded things out with some Chicago productions. If you miss the old, authentic days of Alligator, Rounder, etc, this is what you've been looking for. Deep, old school Southern blues no matter where the tracks originated, this is hot stuff and well worth the wait. Hot stuff blues fans won't want to miss.
(Delta Roots 1002)

QUEBE SISTERS: Not since the original four piece Dixie Chicks were thanking heavens for Dale Evans have we had so much ‘ah-ha' coming from quadrants more known for ‘yee-ha' and sounding so sweet. A solid collection of note perfect western swing that delivers the goods with every trip to the plate, this proves that sometimes you have to take a step back to really deliver the goods. A wonderful collection that hits all the right notes so elegantly throughout.

LUKE GILLESPIE/Moving Mists: The piano man takes control from the first byte and sets the stage for his A list guests and pals showing that you don't have to let a teaching job round the edges off your chops. Actually, the outgrowth of a proposed sabbatical that got approved, this is the result of liberally applying the special sauce and proving you can stand toe to toe with anyone else out there. A stellar piano led date that reminds you why you are a jazzbo, this is the real deal and high octane throughout.
(Patois 25)

Volume 43/Number 274
July 22, 2019
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2019 Midwest Record

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