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Soulard Blues Band – Trickle Down BluesSoulard Blues Band – Trickle Down Blues

Trickle Down Blues is the eighth release of St. Louis' own Soulard Blues Band with nine new tracks.

Listen to this CD, you'll know why these guys are always gigging and RFT's best blues band. I enjoyed this CD, I'd recommend it.

The tracks are:

“She's Crazy” starts off loud, it has a good beat, the vocals are powerful, the guitar is a bit gritty. Yea, I found myself tapping my foot to this one. This song is a powerhouse compared to other SBB songs I've heard. Song was written by Art Dwyer, founding member and bass player.

“Front Page Blues” by guitarist and vocalist John Mondin is full of raw vocals, good blues licks.

“Tileman” features John Wolf’s bass trombone on this bluesy-swingin' instrumental.

“Trickle Down Blues” combines blues guitar, Mondin's gritty southern rock like vocals, the band adds vocal harmonies and a horn solo complete this multi genre song – blues, swing, southern rock, even a distorted rock guitar solo. SBB gives us a good taste of their abilities on the albums title song.

“Rock Me Baby” is a Chicago blues-esque song which reminded me of Muddy or Howlin'. I liked this track a lot.

“Pico” sounds gooood, I'm diggin' the guitar. One of the best blues instrumentals I've heard in a long time. I'll take a dozen of these and an icy 'Bud' eight days a week.

“Reconsider Baby” has good vocals and harmonica, too much horn for my liking, maybe I was still up from “Pico”. I could have done without this song although who wants to buy a CD with only 8 songs.

“It Don’t Matter” is another Dwyer original. Man the mojo is mighty healthy on this track. This slow blues with deep down vocals was right on.

John Mayall's “Steppin' Out” has a fast tempo British Blues sound reminiscent of the 60's with a 40's style swing throughout – how's that for a combination. Don’t misunderstand, it was a good song, a really good song.

Overall I'd give this CD a strong 4 out of 5 - add a couple of tracks, ditch 'Reconsider Baby' and it would be perfect.

 Ciao' for now, peace.


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