* micheled’amour tasty unique blues * Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers – LOST NIGHTS AT THE LEOPARD LOUNGE: There’s one key word that best describes Michele D’Amour’s excellent blues vocal work – “unique”! She’s joined by Patrick McDanel – bass/backing vocals; Ronnie Bishop (Michael Powers) – drums; Ryan T. Higgins – guitar/backing vocals, and they play like there’s no tomorrow, people! Since the band is based in Washington state, I’ve no doubt I’ll have a chance to hear them sometime this summer (especially if they’re playing around Olympia – hint! hint! lol). It’s easy to fall in love with the heavy beats & stellar guitar work on “Last Man Standing“, not to mention the gutsy vocal Michele belts out for your ears… a heavy-duty tune, to be sure!
There was only one (very) minor critique, maybe for the next album… it would be nice to have track numbers embedded on the CD, so my library can easily sort them by number… the recording is excellent, picking up all the little inter-plays between Michele’s high-energy vocals and each of the other players… they also play many different styles of the blues, as you’ll hear when you listen to one of my favorite mellow blues tunes (yet) for 2017… “Blue As Blue Can Get” reminds me of some of the best (old) Paul Butterfield blues ballads I used to listen to way back when… a really nice song.
Since I’m a big fan of blues that tell the personal stories we all live through every day in these hard ol’ times, it was easy to choose the 4:08 “Trouble” as my personal favorite of the dozen tunes offered up for your blues listening pleasure… this song fully displays the talents of each member of the band. I give Michele and her blues brothers a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.97 for this great release. You can get more information at Michele’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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