Altered Five Blues Band review…Jan. 4, 2015….

ALTERED FIVE BLUES BAND

CRYIN’ MERCY

OMNIVORE RECORDS

DEMON WOMAN–I’M IN DEEP–FIND MY WINGS–STAY OUTTA MY BUSINESS–COUNTERFEIT LOVER–I GOT YOU–WHO’S YOUR LOVER–MOVE HOUSE–HERE’S YOUR HAT, WHAT’S YOUR HURRY–URGENT CARE–BACK BUTTON

The Altered Five Blues Band has been one of Milwaukee’s finest contemporary blues quintets since their formation back in 2002.  Fueled by the powerhouse vocals of Jeff “JT” Taylor, and the equally-impressive guitar attack of Jeff Schroedl, their latest release is eleven original cuts that channel blues, soul, and funk, entitled “Cryin’ Mercy.” The set was produced by Tom Hambridge, and the whole thing has that live-in-the-studio feel.

Check out the scorching solo from Jeff on the leadoff “Demon Woman,” whose “looks may be divine, but you are the devil’s kind!”  JT learns the hard way in the jazzy “I’m In Deep,” about spending all his money on a woman “who can’t be pleased,” then has the same thing happen with a “Counterfeit Lover” whose lies “fooled me time and again!”

A woman addicted to “hit and run” relationships keeps JT on edge as Jeff’s guitar pulls it al together in “Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your hurry,” while the set closes with JT asking for a “Back Button” to get himself out of “some of the messes I’ve made,” as the backing chorus chants “reset, reset” over the vocal.

We had two favorites, too.  JT’s vocals are as rich and pure as can be on the beautiful ballad, “Find My Wings,” that offers a message of hope for those looking to find a way.  And, Jeff Schroedl turns up the heat on the slow-blues of “Move House,’ the sly-and-sexy tale that has JT looking to move into a house with “a great front balcony and a nice back porch!”

It is no wonder why The Altered Five Blues Band has been one of the hottest bands in the Midwest for the last twelve years or so.  Their distinctive originals, great musicianship, and quality production makes “Cryin’ Mercy” one that will stay in heavy rotation once it hits your player!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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