East Side Slim
Town – No Ordinary Blue
Dog Town is a Kansa City area 3-piece, consisting
of Ron McManaman (vocals, bass), Gil Gazaille (guitar)
and Steve Grate (percussion).
There are several guest players on-board the CD providing
keyboards, sax and flute. The music on the CD has
the sound of a local bar band made up of rockers who
decided to play blues, or rather, blues-rock. The
vocals are pretty ordinary, done in a talk-sing style,
with thin guitar and busy bass. As you probably guessed
this CD isn’t one of my favorites.
1. No Ordinary Blue: --
This nice little boogie-blues opens the set. While
not blessed with a great singing voice, Ron McManaman’s
deep, world-weary voice fits this song well. This
tune happens to be Cornbread’s “Pick
of the Litter”.
Bad Boy: --
This up-tempo tune just doesn’t work very
well. The band never jells here and Ron’s
vocal weaknesses become obvious.
One Last Chance: --
This song is a mellow blues-rocker – emphasis
on rocker. To me it almost sounds like a cross between
Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Moody Blues. It’s not
my cup of tea.
Nowhere Paradise: --
This is an up-tempo blues-rocker with sax fills.
The song isn’t bad at all, but the bass line
is much too busy and Ron’s vocals don’t
do the song justice.
Flows Like A River: --
Mid-tempo blues-rocker built on a rock bass line.
This is another song that has nice structure, but
Take Me Back: --
Up-tempo boogie-blues-rocker. The band just doesn’t
seem to jell here.
Time For The Blues: --
This song rides a rhythm pattern from an old Blue
Oyster Cult song (yes, B.O.C.), played on acoustic
guitar. It’s a slow tune, and is a fun rock
song – but blues it isn’t.
When You Don’t: --
There’s no blues here, although there is flute.
This is a rock ballad, which could be an interesting
song if sung by a stronger vocalist.
Perfect Man: --
another rocky folky ballad.
Ain’t Gonna Change My Heart: --
This is a hot guitar-driven track whose intro is
straight out of the Thin Lizzy song book.
This CD was self-produced by the K.C. area blues-rock
band Dog Town. The title track, No Ordinary Blue,
is by far the best song on the CD, while none of
the other tunes really catches fire. The rock content
is much higher than the blues content, and the vocals
are not very strong. STLBluesometer rating? Only
2.0 for No Ordinary Blue, as it is unfortunately