Lex Grey And The Urban Pioneers review…January 20, 2018….

LEX GREY AND THE URBAN PIONEERS

USUAL SUSPECTS

PIONEER PRODUCTIONS

USUAL SUSPECTS–CHOW DOWN–DIRTY SECRET–SRV–WARRIOR SQUAW–SUNSHINE AND BLUE–CHEAP THRILLS–MY JELLYROLL–RENEGADE HEART

The latest set from Lex Grey And The Urban Pioneers, “Usual Suspects,” is full of all the things that make Lex and her merry mates so special.  As you listen to her wild tales of the streets and the characters who inhabit them, you’ll find yourself loving the varied song styles and genres’ that Lex and her Joplin-esque vocal delivery pull off with the greatest of ease.

The brooding title cut leads off, as Lex faces her demons thru the mantra that “it’s always you versus something  you can’t see.”  That Joplin influence is apparent in the story of star-crossed lovers, “Dirty Secret,” and she changes gears completely for the jazz-flavored, “Sunshine And Blue,” with cool muted trumpet from Chris Pasin.  The band jumps on that endless boogie beat with harp from Rick Surrano, Sr., as Lex gets on down with her lusty self,  encouraging a lover to “grab My Jellyroll,” complete with Vic Mix on slide guitar.

We had two favorites, too.  “Chow Down” is a raucous, houserockin’, double-entendre’-filled story of everything in the four food groups, with Brian Dewan on piano.  And, in one of Lex’s signature “character songs,” “Cheap Thrills” details how a band comes together, including “Truckin’ Tommy Tucker, the guitar trucker,” and an “ex-con with an accordion, with a whole lot of runnin’ from the law!”

Working from a predominantly blues-based background, Lex Grey And The Urban Pioneers expand that theme to include rock, jazz, and soul, with an unforgettable cast of characters along for the ride.  Add in Lex’s mighty vocal weaponry and go round up the “Usual Suspects” for one fine listen!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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