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08/24/20




SUNNYSIDERS/Bridges: Croatian blues rockers? Well, this is certainly a new kind of white boys with the blues for us, especially since one of the duo is a girl. They've got the riffs right, proving once again music is the international language, but the singing and the lyrics take a touch of getting used to. They've been champs in blues competitions, and it's easy to see why, but unless you're ready to have your horizons broadened, this might not go the distance for you. Of course, if you're just here for the party, dig in.
(Dancing Bear 547)

SUGAR RAY & the Bluetones/Too Far From the Bar: A white boys with the blues summit with Duke Robillard producing and playing, Little Charlie guesting on his last recording, Geraci and Madcat bringing up the rear and the vibe that hit's the mark. Comfy old pals pulling all the stops to drive it over the top, they rock the joint in fine form and let the party go all night with ease. Right in the pocket throughout.
(Severn 77)

BOB BELAND/Happy Camper: Fun folk rock kind of set that's easy going and easy rolling with a vibe that just floats above the fray. Not having to make any statements or stands, Beland isn't troubled by the world around us and tries to get everyone on board with where they really should be. Let those guitars jangle.
(Wrong Way)

HANOVER FIST/III: Howza bout a little dose of the old raging hormone, power trio thunder to rock the burbs? Got a nice dose of it on tap here for anyone that still needs mom to drive them to the show and kick in a few bucks for tickets.

PIERCE FREELON/Dad: The beat maker takes a left turn from beats to make a kids record from the perspective of a millennial, young Black father. With a slew of interests sailing well beyond beats, it almost sounds like something that would have manifested from Paul Simon's "Graceland" sessions. With loads of jazz in his bloodlines, he's got the chops and the background to really deliver in fine form. Certainly something well out of the ordinary that works.

FRIENDS & LEGENDS OF LOUISIANA/various: As the music business as we know it continues to fall apart and reassemble, one of the bright spots has been the recent resurrection of regional music. This time out, we get a collection of Louisiana hitters assembled by a lifetime member of the local hall of fame. With some tent pole acts on board to add marquee value, the rest of the set is loaded with cats worthy of wider recognition. A jumping bad ass of a set, they really do know how to party in the Big Easy and beyond. Well done.
(LM Star Productions)

SHERI ROBERTS GREIMES/Bleeding Heart: An award winning belter of a Washington state gal that comes to it naturally without affectation, this white girl with the blues has a hell hound or two on her tail---but don't bet against her. With an innate knowledge of how to raise the roof, Greimes is way too hot a pepper to have come from up north. Well, hot stuff.

AXIOM/Starburst: When you've been at it for a long enough time, you can either come in with competent sonombulance or effortless badassery. Back in the groove after a decade away, Axiom got the effortless and the badassery down to a science. A smoking fusion date that isn't stuck in the past but isn't precious under the guise of being forward thinking, it's loaded with the right sound at the right time, particularly when adults need some new sounds for the summer that wasn't. Take that consultants, this is what the future of fusion should have been. Hot stuff.
(Xtrasensory)

FRANCOIS HOULE 4/Recoder: Auteur theory is generally reserved for film but Houle takes it for himself here as this is one of the first auteur music projects we've come across. Casting his writing particularly for the various players on board, it's not so much a cinematic effort and it's not a commissioned work---it's something new. The playing and composing give off something of an art house feel. It's some fine sitting down ‘jazz' that let's you sit back while it does all the work for your enjoyment.
(Songlines 1632)

BONNIE WHITING/Perishable Structures: When is an egghead not an egghead? Based on her cv and her references and pals, you'd peg Whiting as an egghead but she's really more of a beatnik making political stands. She can even bamboozle you into thinking she's an art chick but she's really a white girl in the wrong church basement. A left of center percussionist that'll never be confused with Evelyn Glynne, she follows the griot tradition but with percussion instruments beyond bongos. A performance and a performances piece recital, this is something you should try turning to when flipping through Netflix tiles just doesn't cut it.
(New Focus 259)

Volume 44/Number 301
August 24, 2020
MIDWEST RECORD
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Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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