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Blues & Soul Review, Vol. 1
(Rock House Records)
Review Date: December 2008
by Mark E. Gallo
Guitarist/vocalist Roy Roberts has been releasing superb recordings under his own name for years. He has even more history as a session player and producer under his belt. He’s a man completely immersed in the blues with a sound that is as once solid and funky and smooth and seamless, his is a style that moves the soul. The sixteen soulful blues delights collected here are all a treat.
Though the script-style liner notes are difficult to decipher, it isn’t difficult to discern that Chick Willis and Floyd Miles enhance “These Old Blues Men,” and that it is Priscilla Price’s vocals that shine on “Gonna Put My Foot Down.” Johnny Rawls shares the mic with Roy on “Country Boy,” one of the standouts on the set. Roberts’ guitar work is gorgeous here, with it’s subtle wah wah.
On “It’s Good To Go,” Skeeter Brandon shares vocals and Tommy Thomas takes a killer vocal turn on “You Put That Dog Ahead of Me.” Newcomer Maria Rolls steps in on “You Let The Fire Go Out,” and Mark Van Mourick is the “Dutch Guy Playing the Blues.”
Wills, Rawls and Price appear throughout, adding spice and/or romance, as called for. Like most Roy Roberts outings before it, this “Blues and Soul Review” is a knock out collection. Roberts is perpetually the Artist Deserving More Recognition. This is a sho’ nuff blues cat.
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