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SUKYUNG KIM/Lilac Hill: A piano former tyro originally from Korea, Kim is now firmly ensconced in New York and takes her world wide musical education to Brooklyn where she's jamming with the best of the burg's leading edge jazzbos. A nicely swinging set that gives her chops a real display, she shows she's well on her way to being a piano mainstay sure to continually light up the night.

RICH KRUEGER/Troth Sessions: It makes Denny Zeitlin a little oochi when you imply his medical practice subsidizes his music or vice versa and I'll bet this folkie award winning doctor feels the same way if you say the same about him. A fan of left field folkies and wearing their influences on his sleeve as he pushes it all forward with his own stamp, he continues to craft a musical legacy that makes you want him to put down his stethoscope a little more often. A staunch left fielder, he knows how to keep it always interesting and unexpected in a most delightful way.
(RockinK 10)

TERRY McBRIDE/Rebels & Angels: He was one of the prime movers of the soundtrack of 90's country writing massive hits for the top stars as well as having his own band career. Well, the nice thing about being an established pro with nothing to prove is you can make a record of your new stuff which not only shows you're still smack dab in the middle of the game but you don't have to compete with your younger self and can turn in something off the clock that's more than quite satisfying. Killer country without a sippy cup in sight.

LAURA TATE/Live From El Paso: Tate is one of those people that leave a big foot print behind the scenes and unless you are a member of the fan club or live in Texas, you probably don't know who she is. This benefit record finds her kicking it out with a bunch of all stars behind her touching on all her fave musical moves and hitting them all out of the park. A tasty vocalist that's at home with the blues, especially when loaded with plenty of blue eyed soul, she's easily sexy and knows how to grab you. A solid mainstream white gal with the blues that delivers.
(811 Gold)

BLIND FICTION/Overlook: and if you've been wondering why you haven't] heard anything from Tweed Funk lately it might be because two of their cats decamped and are 2/3 of this trio. Blues rockers out of the jam band camp and from Milwaukee, they qualify as white boys but I don't know if they have the blues. They sure can jam and kick out the jams. A rollicking dose of meat and potatoes party music.

JOHNNY NICHOLAS/Mistaken Identity: Voodoo white boy rocking funk from Louisiana with wails that comes from deep in the soul powering this baby forward. Loping, rocking, twisting and turning, this authentic roots cat is proud of his roots and puts them out there in all their glory. A fun party that just doesn't quit.
(Valcour 47)

MODASAURUS/4K: A fusion crew that doesn't take things too literally or too strictly serves up a funky, swinging good time of fun jazz. Letting the music go where it takes them this crew that started out as a professor and a few of his students has grown into it's own kind of juggernaut. It'll even take you back to a fine time where chops were chops and weren't just for display.

ROBERT HALE/Blue Haze: This bluegrass goes pop set could have easily become a gift shop record but the backing of the 8th Wonder Band and the lead chops of Hale keep it on course. Everyone on board claims to have had a good time making this and the playing shows that to be the case. A dandy after hours/back stage collection.
(Pinecastle 1237)

TURNING GROUND/Crazy House: Blegrassers picking up where say, Charlie Daniels left off by taking rock to the country. Loaded with spirit and attitude, city kids might think they look like bubbas, but they ain't old son. Get it? Absorbing a bunch of pre-Americana influences that would eventually get wrapped up in the Americana flag, you have this think this is a nu Band in search of a nu Dylan. Well done.
(Pinecastle 1247)

RAY CARDWELL/Just a Little Rain: The vet vocalist stands tall to provide songs that will lead us out of the dark times that are washing over the land. A timely collection that doesn't preach but takes the lead, this head bobbing music has no time to cotton to bad times, all of which should stay away from our doors. Smoking.
(Bonfire 5017)

DILLARDS/Old Road New Again: C'mon, who would have thought Jac Holzman would go back into the booth to not only put the old band back together but stage a mini Eagles reunion as well? For their first recording 30 years, the Dillards are back in all star from and not sounding any older than they did on Andy Griffith's time in Mayberry. The real protogenitors of country rock are back, and even if it's only for a hot second, they are in fine form. Just check with the cats they influenced that show up to lend a hand and tip the cap. A real dose of audio heaven for any bluegrass/country/folk/country rock fans that haven't forgotten where they came from.
(Pinecastle 1246)

Volume 44/Number 320
September 12, 2020
MIDWEST RECORD
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2020 Midwest Record


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