The Rosedale Revue review…June 9, 2017….

THE ROSEDALE REVUE

RHYTHM METHOD

PHILLY DOG RECORDS  PDCD 3614

JEFFERSON JUMP–EVERYDAY RUT–I GO CRAZY–SAVE YOUR LOVE FOR ME–MESSAGE TO LOVE–CONGRATULATIONS (I SUPPOSE)–WHAT GOES AROUND–YOU’VE GOT A PROBLEM–FORGET–WHAT ABOUT ME–I SING THE BLUES–SATURDAY NIGHT

It has been our esteemed pleasure to have known drummer/producer Dave Agerholm for lo these last 20 years or so.  We were all a part of the old Music City Blues Society back ’round the turn of the century.  He’s drummed behind Carey Bell, Bob Margolin, Eddy Raven, Earl Thomas Conley, and countless others.  His drumming is the heartbeat of his own group, The Rosedale Revue, since their formation fifteen years ago.  We’d often ask Dave, “When’s the album coming out?,”  and it kinda got to be a running joke with us.  But, the long wait is finally over, and “Rhythm Method” is here!  It’s a fairly even split of band member originals and waay-cool covers that presents the band’s ability to play various styles and provide, literally, something for every taste.

There are fifteen core members of the band, and this set also features a couple of very special guests.  They create a huge sound that comes at you like one of those old-school traveling R & B revue shows, with a big horn section and several different vocalists adding to the mix.  Dave produced, and did the horn arrangements with tenor man Mike Foster.

The set opens with a killer instrumental, “Jefferson Jump,” a reminder of the glory days of the Jefferson Street scene, when icons such as Aretha and Brother Ray rubbed elbows with local legends like Jimmy Church and Nick Nixon.  Dickie Thompson, he of the Steve Miller Band, adds the B-3 intro here.  That Jefferson thread runs thru much of this album, as Jerry Middleton takes lead vocal on a tune popularized by Brother Ray, a horn-fired, stop-time tale of a woman who stays out all night, and, thus, “You’ve Got A Problem.”  And, with Frankie Lee on the vocals and Steve “C” Cirkvencic on the wah-wah guitar, they pay tribute to Jimi, Buddy Miles, and, arguably, Nashville’s most famous bassist, Billy Cox with a slammin, “Message To Love.”

There just ain’t a bad cut on this album, fans, and we had three faves.  The set closes with one of Dave’s originals, a light-hearted romp about a mythical juke joint with “PBR in 12-ounce cans,” as Frankie sings, “I got a pocketful of money, and it’s Saturday Night,” with Gregg Wetzel on the honky-tonkin’ piano.  Gregg also wrote the cut sung here by the great Eddy Raven, “Congratulations, (I Suppose),” regarding a man who loses a lover and bows out gracefully, sorta!  It has that sweet, New Orleans-Fats Domino groove.  And, Amyl Justin rocks a tune that has a fine Delbert feel, about a man tore up over a whole bunch of different women, “What About Me!”  Gregg is on piano, and Jo-El Sonnier is all over the squeeze box!

That’s the cool thing about the music on “Rhythm Method”–many are inter-related even tho the styles in which they are presented are varied.  Hey–we got a shout-out in the liner notes, so come and sit a spell with us on June 30 at the Bourbon Street Blues And Boogie Bar  as the Rosedale  Revue proudly hold the release party for this fine, fine set!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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