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Guitar Mikey And The Real Thing
Out of the Box
(Earwig; 2012)

folkworld.eu - Nov, 2012
David Hintz


One of the problems I have reviewing blues records is trying to find something new or interesting as I invariably compare them against the classics.   And that is why I usually prefer blues-rock or hybrid-blues as Mike McMillan describes the music he presents here.   Hybrid blues is a great term as his guitar work is searing electric blues, yet his vocal style has more of a soulful element.   The rhythm section is pure classic rock and there is great organ work, horns, and lots of fun elements giving this a very personal feel.   The opening two cuts offer a blistering attack that is quite enjoyable and if you want some straighter blues, "It's Goin' Down" offers something a little more pure.   These 15 original songs breeze by with efficiency and energy.   Nothing completely reinvented here, just combined and arranged for fun with enough creative spark to keep even the careful listeners fully engaged.  



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