Lex Grey And The Urban Pioneers review…October 5, 2016…

LEX GREY AND THE

URBAN PIONEERS

HEAL MY SOUL

PIONEER PRODUCTIONS

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.

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