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It’s all about the groove with Tim Bastmeyer and Jerome Tucker

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Philadelphia bred bass ace Jerome Tucker and guitarist Tim Bastmeyer combine forces and a variety of influences on an excellent new CD.
Jerome Godboo adds some hot harp playing on the first track ‘Wallflower’ and also adds some spooky harp on the ominous swamp blues of  ‘Obeah’ which also has some jazzy saxophone from Richard Thornton. But is all about keeping a rock solid groove throughout the CD. I would have liked to hear more harp, but there is not room for it with all of the jazz sprinkled throughout the CD.

Click here to hear Tim Bastmeyer and Jerome TuckerThe band paints their musical colours over top of  the groove laid down by Bastmeyer and Tucker.
 Both Bastmeyer and Tucker share lead vocal duties as well as guitar and bass duties, but the band shines, especially on several more jazz influenced songs especially ‘To The Moon,’ which features Richard Thornton’s fantastic sax.
 Their voices are very appealing.

 The second track ‘One of those Days begins with a chorus of police sirens and some sexy saxophone, some understated organ, plus a little funk from Tucker and Bastmeyer.

'They have a great time by bringing out more of the funk on ‘Juke Joint’, which features some weird talk box effects
The bass is at the forefront on the fourth track ‘When You Love A Woman’ which features a smooth bass groove and a very tasteful guitar solo.
‘The Devil In Me’ is a highlight which has a funky ’90s rock feel along the likes of one hit wonders Bootsauce (Everyone's a Winner).

 They slow things down on the jazzy instrumental ‘First Kiss’ which shows off a sultry bass groove and some tender ’50s and ’60s pop influenced arpeggiated guitar.

 Another highlight is the groove filled ‘Rewind’ which is another organ fuelled, somewhat menacing sounding jam which is powered by a grinding guitar riff. There are a lot of grinding, catchy guitar riffs as well as some stellar, tasteful solos.
For something a little different,  they explore their soulful, sexy Barry White sides on ‘Spanish Paradise.’
Overall, if you love you blues with a touch of funk and a whole lot of jazz, you will love Tim Bastmeyer and Jerome Tucker’s new CD.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
CD: Tim Bastmeyer. Jerome Tucker
 Artists: Tim Bastmeyer/ Jerome Tucker
 Genre: blues/jazz/funk


Angel Forrest shows off huge voice on Mother Tongue Blues

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Montreal blues singer Angel Forrest brings back the spirit of Janis Joplin and combines it with a variety of modern influences on her new CD Mother Tongue Blues.Click here to hear Angel Forrest
 She starts on a slower note with ‘How Do You Do’, which shows off her whiskey and smoke soaked, jazz tinged vocals to the forefront.

 Her husky voice reflects the likes of Rita Chiarelli and the 54th Street Wailers Lindsey  beaver as well as a touch of classic rock along the lines of the Headpins’ Darby Mills.

 She has a crack band behind her who supply steadfast and sultry slide guitar on the first track.
 The  title track is a juke joint delta blues raver which allows her the show off her range.
 They plug in and turn it up for the slower ‘Blue Firegirl’ which has a mid ’70s classic rock feel with just a touch of the Beatles if they sang the blues.

She leans more towards Bonnie Raitt with a touch of Grace Potter on another slower track ‘Morning Star.’ another one of the highlights is when they turn it up and cut loose on‘Roll On Down’ which features some more sick, slick slide guitar and Forrest’s gutsy voice.

While she has a great jazzy croon, it is best when she cuts loose.
 She hits her stride by the middle of the CD.
‘Livin’ it Up’ is a catchy, slide guitar driven party anthem.
 They go acoustic, but keep the energy levels up with  ‘WTF’ which also combines an electric solo and a sizzling harp solo from Steve Marriner as well.

 She really slows things down with a tender, organ based ballad ‘Listen’ which also has a mellow ’70s feel combining organ with gentle arpeggios on guitar.

 The organ comes to the fore on the funky ‘I Got You.’
 She ends her CD  with ‘Someone,’ a slower, more acoustic almost southern rock flavoured blues number, which brings you back to the beginning of the CD.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
CD: Mother Tongue Blues
Artist: Angel Forrest
Genre: blues

Locomotive Ghost’s celebration of the seasons continues with Autumn

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Calgary’s Locomotive Ghost are doing something pretty innovative—  writing four song EPs for each season of the year.


 Their third effort, ‘Autumn’ is a really laid back affair featuring plenty of vocal harmonies and interesting arrangements.


 The EP opens with the lilting Beatlesque “More Than I Could Ever Tell,”  which is powered by a pop tinged piano  that could come right offClick here to hear Locomotive Ghost of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Band until they have a quasi rapped verse near the end of the  song.


The vocal harmonies are beautifully done throughout.


The second track ‘ Imperceptible’ is a little more upbeat and has a slightly, lilting Celtic feel which also sounds a little like more serious Bare Naked Ladies, but with a  sweet, bluesy guitar solo.


The third track ‘ Equinox’ features more of those beautiful, relaxing harmonies and pure vocalization which reflect a cool Autumn breeze.”


 The last song ‘At Least I’ll Know Tonight’ has  hypnotic  vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Byrds and even a flute.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

EP: Autumn

 Band: Locomotive Ghost

 Genre: indie rock


Sean Pinchin embraces his inner bluesman on Rust Bucket

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Sean Pinchin embraces his blues roots on his new CD ‘Rust Bucket,’ and , with the  help of Toronto folk/ pop singer Rob Szabo, polishes it to a sheen shine.Click here to hear Sean Pinchin
 He starts off with a  couple outstanding slide powered  raunchy blues rockers  with ‘Broke Down Automobile,’ ‘Boo Hoo’ and the catchy  ‘High Heeled Shoes,’ kicking things off in fine form.

While Rust Bucket is all about the blues, Pinchin also revisit his former folk singer/ balladeer personna on a couple very slow songs  ‘Can‘t Stop Falling in Love,’ which ends the CD and ‘the mournful ‘Comin’ Home,” which are both about leaving  loved ones behind while he is on the road. ‘Comin’ Home’ is also slide powered but also has a short but sweet guitar solo.

 While the slower songs are beautiful, faster paced songs like ‘Dirt Poor’ and ‘Complete Fool,’  are shine with luminescent beauty.
  That one reminds of some of the finest work of Austin bluesman David Holt (Storyville, Carlene Carter, the Mavericks), especially with the rhythm.
 He has an appealing voice which is actually reminiscent of Rob Szabo.

 Emma -Lee adds some appealing background vocals to several tracks, which Steve Strongman supplies hot guitar and harp to the Delta blues stylings of  ‘I Wanna Stay in Bed.’

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
CD: Rust Bucket
Artist: Sean Pinchin
genre: blues
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