LEX GREY AND THE
HEAL MY SOUL
FACTORY–HOBO SOUP–GHOST–QUIET PLACE–BLUES ALL AROUND–SURVIVE–JUNKMAN–BLACK STALLION–LIGHTNIN (IN A JAR)–HEAL MY SOUL
Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers were borne of the fabled underground music scene in New York City. Anchored by the lady with the 24-Carat voice, Lex Grey, and a world-class outfit of backing musicians who deftly mix blues with classic rock, they have just released their sixth album, “Heal My Soul.”
Lex has a classy and sophisticated vocal delivery that fits these ten cuts perfectly. Leading off is a uniquely-hip shot of “industrial blues,” where Lex “wants to live in a Factory, so my kitchen will never be too small!” A true story follows as she recalls a story told her by a neighbor where the hobos used to set up camp in the Catskills and eat “Hobo Soup,” with “everybody workin’ to fill the pot!” This one’s all-acoustic, with Adam Price on mandolin and Kaia Updike on violin. It even has authentic clucking hens! “Lightnin (In A Jar)” is a roadhouse-rockin’ tune about a “motorcycle mama” making a little home-brewed ‘shine for the neighbors!
We had two favorites, too. “Ghost” is a song to ponder about leaving this world–“If I turned into a Ghost, would you haunt my bed?” It features jangly guitars, and has a contemporary, R E M-ish vibe running thru it. And, “Junkman” is that fellow we all know–the person with “whatever you need, ’cause the place is stacked!” Lex gives this one a jazzy read, and Anthony Michael on clarinet adds to the swingin’ vibe of this one!
Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers have hit on a winning formula of excellent material and musicianship backed by a soulful, spot-on vocalist. Enjoy the sweet grooves of “Heal My Soul” and get ready for some fun! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.