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ShannonThe Rich McDonough Band – Live at the Sheldon Concert Hall
-- by Shannon --

The Rich McDonough Band – Live at the Sheldon Concert HallWhat can I say about Rich and his band? I remember spending many nights at Beale on Broadway a few summers ago taking in the sounds of this up and coming band. It was the perfect combo sitting on the patio with Busch Stadium in the background. Then going to the Eat Rite Diner after the gig…fun times I tell ya! I have also caught their act a few times recently at BB’s before I left town. Rich isn’t a flashy performer but he really doesn’t need to be. Rich is a masterful blues guitarman, he lets the guitar talk for him. The band is good and has a steady confidence about them. Talking with Cornbread, he said Les is one of the best singers in St. Louis and does an excellent Ray Charles. I don’t recall getting to hear that vocal talent, but I will surely be listening for the Ray act next time I catch the band! Don’t miss your chance to see this band wherever they may appear!

(Publisher's note - Les is an exciting new ingredient to an already outstanding band of musicians, and not only covers Ray Charles AND Aaron Neville classics with ease, Les delivers it all in his very personal style)

The band is:

Rich McDonough – guitar/background vocals
M. Les Moore – guitar/lead vocals
Sharon Foehner – bass/vocals
Joe Pastor – drums

1. Untrustworthy Woman - nice harp sounds in the middle; steady guitar rhythm

2. Built For Comfort - good vocals; I’ve always liked this classic! Also cool wa-wa guitar effects

3. Willie & the Hand Jive - my second fav on the disc-hand clapping & toe tapping—my kinda combo!

4. Highway Back Home - another classic; nice slow grindin’ blues

5. Hide Nor Hair - cool rumba; diggin’ those shakers

6. Lil’ Red Rooster - if you don’t feel this one, why do you listen to blues??

7. Worried ‘Bout You - like the drum beats of this tune

8. Blues With A Feeling - slow, slow down home blues….gotta love it!

9. Shake Your Moneymaker - I have always loved this Elmore James classic. It’s one of my all-time favs and my favorite on the disc!

I give this disc a 3.5 of 5 on the rating scale; my advice is go see the band in person—you will get more of the blues feeling that way! Get all the info you need about Rich and the fellas at www.richmcdonoughband.com


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