Led by the Seattle-based singer/ songwriter Michele D’Amour, this outfit has here a very fine blues set, their third album. Right from the excellent opener, the up tempo shuffle of ‘No Good’, the songs are all originals, intelligent and interesting, well sung by Michele whose voice is flexible and convincing, ranging from the strong slow blues of ‘Trouble’ to the ever-so slightly pop tinged ‘When The Blues Come Calling’. The Love Dealers themselves are a very tight three piece, with a rhythm section of Patrick McDanel on bass and ex-Michael Powers drummer Ronnie Bishop powering things along, or coming over a little Latin-ish on ‘Blue As Blue Can Get’. Guitarist Ryan Higgins only joined the band in 2016 but he has a distinctive tone and approach, though firmly in the tradition. With the exception of his playing on the southern rock styled ‘Last Man Standing’ there is little rock or blues-rock influence, though he does employ a tough edge when necessary. His playing is always concise and relevant – listen to his delicate T-Bone Walker inflected solo on ‘Trouble’ for a good example. He and Patrick also supply the horn parts on two numbers.
A band to watch out for, certainly on this evidence.
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