The Allen-Lamun Band review…October 30, 2016…

ALLEN-LAMUN BAND

MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING

MAD LEFT MUSIC  MLM 215

HALF OF ME–MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING–I DON’T LOVE MY BABY–STILL TOO SOON-THIS AIN’T A GAME–BREATH OF FRESH AIR–I DON’T GET THE BLUES–I’M A GOOD MAN–I LOVE YOU PRETTY BABY–HIGHTAILIN’ IT–GOOD NEWS CHANNEL–SANTA ALL YEAR

The Allen-Lamun Band–Dave Allen on vocals, drums, and harp, and “Little Laura” Lamun on vocals–are two more of the many reasons we love being a part of the Nashville Blues Society.  This great duo has just released “Maybe It’s A Good Thing” for Mad Left Music.  The twelve originals feature lots of  harmony singing from both these dynamite players, and they are backed by some of this town’s finest musicians, also.

These cuts are excellent examples of good ole blues-rock and blues with a touch of soul in the vein of Delaney And Bonnie.  Most of ’em deal with the struggles of every day life, especially when it comes to the minefield that is male-female relationships.  Leading off is the story of a couple with serious fidelity issues regarding each other, so much so that “Half Of Me wants to run, and the other half wants to stay!”  Steve Boynton is all over the guitar here, with a blistering solo at the two-minute mark.  Those same lovers perfunctorily declare their “un-love” for each other in one of the more swingin’ affairs on the set, “I Don’t Love My Baby,” with Dave getting in a cool harp break mid-song.  Laura plays the forlorn lover torn between two in “Still Too Soon,” this one featuring our good friend Larry van Loon on keys.  The double-time romp of “Hightailin’ It” details the band heading home after a long time on the road, while Laura’s lilting voice  goes into gospel mode on our favorite, as she urges us all to “change to make things better” and “be a Good News Channel today!”

The Allen-Lamun Band and “Maybe It’s A Good Thing” has been nominated for Album Of The Year in the NIMA’s–the Nashville Industry Music Awards–and our Society is supporting them in the upcoming IBC’s in Memphis.  This set brims with old-school blues and soul,  tight harmonies,  excellent musicianship, and clever songwriting.  Best of luck, guys!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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