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JACK MACK & THE HEART ATTACK HORNS - Back to the Shack (SSR FreeRoll)

Big, brassy R'n'B - with equal emphasis on all those elements of that definition - is what these guys purvey, as the opening 'Standin' Before The King', a gutsy BB King tribute, the Memphis flavoured blues of 'Somethin' In The Water', and the Muscle Shoals meets Motown sound of 'Don't Let Her Go' all attest to. That last-named track had me racking my brains to think of the original, but no, it is the band's own. In case you're wondering, there is no Jack Mack, and all but one of the ten tracks were co-written by lead singer Mark Campbell out of New Orleans, the very bluesy guitarist Andrew Kastner and saxman Bill Bergman. Helping out musically are such acclaimed session names as drummer Tony Braunagel, keyboards player Mike Finnigan, trombonist/ trumpeter Lee Thornburg, and backing vocalist Melanie Taylor.
Good though those aforementioned tracks are, the album really ramps it up a few notches at around the halfway mark. 'Somebody To Trust' has the relaxed but focused feel of a Muscle Shoals country-soul track before 'Serves Me Right' catches fire, with the album hitting classic vintage soul and funk grooves from then on, bringing to mind the likes of James Brown, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin (a slightly jazzy cover of Aretha's younger sister Carolyn's composition, 'Ain't No Way'), Sam & Dave and Wilson Pickett, closing out with the house-wrecking 'Let Me In'. Very, very impressive...
Norman Darwen

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April 2018

1
Courtney Marie Andrews
100 pts.
May Your Kindness Remain
Loose Music
PK,CVL,DHO,JB,LK
2
Mary Gauthier
59 pts.
Rifles And Rosary Beads
In the Black Records
 
3
Caleb Caudle
49 pts.
Crushed Coins
Cornelius Chapel Records
TJ,TK,MP
4
Western Centuries
48 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
DD,GS,FS,HM
5
Vivian Leva
44 pts.
Time is Everything
Free Dirt Records
 
6
Ed Romanoff
42 pts.
The Orphan King
Pinerock Records
 
7
Grant Peeples
41 pts.
Settling Scores vol. 2
Continental
AN
8
Joan Baez
32 pts.
Whistle Down The Wind
Proper Records
 
9
Jeb Barry and the Pawn Shop Saints
29 pts.
Texas, etc...
DollyRocker
MF,HDB
 
Sam Morrow
29 pts.
Concrete and Mud
Forty Below Records
JV
11
Chris Smither
27 pts.
Call Me Lucky
Signature Sounds
JSM,JD
12
Michael McDermott
26 pts.
Out From Under
Continental Song City
CRS
13
John Prine
24 pts.
The Tree of Forgiveness
Oh Boy Records
SP
14
Mary Chapin Carpenter
23 pts.
Sometimes Just The Sky
Lambent Light Records
 
15
Dean Owens
22 pts.
Southern Wind
At The Helm
PJ
16
6 String Drag
21 pts.
Top of The World
Schoolkids Records
FCE,JS
 
Haley Heynderickx
21 pts.
I Need To Start A Garden
Mama Bird Recordings
 
 
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
21 pts.
Tearing At The Seams
Stax Records
RM
19
Abe Partridge
20 pts.
Cotton Fields And Blood For Days
Skate Mountain
MVP,RK
 
Adam James Sorensen
20 pts.
Dust Cloud Refrain
Continental Song City
BM
 
Ben Reel
20 pts.
Land Of Escape
B REEL Records
 
 
Chip Taylor
20 pts.
Fix Your Words
Train Wreck Records
LM
 
Kesia Nagata
20 pts.
Looking For Horses
Caramal Productions
GC,EZ
 
Sheesham & Lotus & 'Son
20 pts.
Clear The Table
SepiaPhone Records
SZ,PG
25
3hattrio
18 pts.
Lord of the Desert
Okehdokee Records
 
 
Marlon Williams
18 pts.
Make Way for Love
Dead Oceans

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