Jerry Jakala recorded this CD as a showcase for his songwriting. As such
he works a mix of styles from County, Rock & Roll, Southern Rock, and
some blues thrown in for good measure. The overall feel is Countryfied
Southern Rock though.
Most of the ten songs are upbeat tempo's. 'Legacy of Blues', the opening
track is a Texas style shuffle with some rock overtones. 'Little' opens
with a County lick but leans into Southern Rock territory pretty
quickly. '50 Years' is a medium tempo ballad with an almost County feel
to it. 'Love Somebody' is pretty direct blues with traditional call and
response. 'Cheater' again returns to a Southern Rock sound. Many of the
guitar licks remind me of Molly Hatchet.
Production of this CD is fair, with the vocals soaked in reverb. The
instruments are pretty well mixed and fairly clean, but the reverb on
the vocals takes away from the overall sound.
If you like music with with a Southern Rock vibe, then you may like this
CD. The music is decent, but the vocals need to me more up front in the
mix and with a lot less reverb. Bottom Line:packaging gets two stars,
musical ability gets two stars and vocals get one star.
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Jerry Jakala - Guitars & Vocals
Brian Bart - Lead Guitar, bass, Hammond B4 Organ
Shane Spelts - Drums
Dawn McArthur - Background Vocals
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