Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Galloway & Kelliher - CD Release Party #2 in Orlando April 18 and a GREAT Review by The Blewzzman!

The first one was so
GOOD, they are
doing it again!

Tommy Talton says, "Soundin' good, fellas!"

LakeHouse Records Artists 

Saturday, April 18, 2015  
Friendly Confines
Live on the George Linson Stage
4757 S. Orange Ave
Orlando, FL   

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Available now at cdbaby.com

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Mike Galloway

Another Florida Original by:
LakeHouse Records 


Galloway & Kelliher
"Wild Dogs"
Lakehouse Records
By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro © February 2015

Just as blues bands from other regions have a style of music that's sometimes associated with their names; homegrown Florida bands do as well.  The one that I've heard used most frequently is "funky swamp boogie blues" and I'm thinking that's a heck of an accurate description of Galloway & Kelliher's sound.  Having individually been involved with many bands, "Wild Dogs" is their second release together.  On the project, Mike Galloway - on harp & vocals and Tim Kelliher - on guitars, bass & vocals are joined by: Danny Walters on bass, drums, Hammond B3 & background vocals; Juan Perez and Reno Mussatto, (the disc's producer) on drums; Barry Dean and Jerry Wilhelm on bass; John Tegethoff on Hammond B3; and Mark Emerick on slide guitar.  In addition to a Lazy Lester and a Robert Johnson cover, “Wild Dogs" features ten original/collaborated tracks.

The opening track is a relaxing, laid back, down home Florida, acoustically done song.  As a matter of fact, even the lyrics are all about relaxing. As Mike and Danny so melodically tell it on vocals, if you don't take care of yourself you could end up six feet "In the Ground".  Great pickin', harp and rhythm all done by Tim, Mike and Danny.

With seven more tracks yet to come, my ears want me to say that right now I'm already listening to the discs best track.  As a matter of fact, "Catch Me When I Fall" may actually cause it to be a while before I even hear the other tracks....I just cannot listen to this kind of stuff only once.  Slow, soulfully sung heartfelt lyrics, piercing harp leads (both by Mike), smokin' blues riffs on the lead guitar, intense and tight rhythm led by the steady pulse of a Hammond B3 (Danny) - all done exceptionally well - are all what floats my blues boat and I'm telling you, right now it's high tide for the Blewzzman.     
So let me ask you something.  If on the day that your woman leaves you it happens to be raining whiskey, would you have the "Broken Hearted Blues"? Tough one, huh?  Kind of like I got bad news and I got good news.  The bad news is my baby left me yesterday and the good news is it was raining whiskey.  With a bit of a country swagger, Tim does a heck of a job on this one - vocally and on slide guitar.  Once again, more good rhythm - this time by Barry on Bass and Juan on drums.  Give this one to Toby Keith and it's a number one hit on the country charts - ain't no doubt about it.

The title - and quite gritty - track, "Wild Dogs" is another winner.  Again, it's Tim on the vocals and in between fiery guitar licks; he's snidely belting the hell out of this one.  Meanwhile, partner Mike on the harp along with Barry, Reno and John on rhythm are all providing him with musical support as wild as those dogs.

The guys certainly do justice to the song on their rendition of "Love In Vain", the Robert Johnson classic which has been done by many - perhaps most notably by the Rolling Stones on the monster "Let it Bleed" Album.  It's done as it should be, slow and soulful.  With a relaxed rhythm behind them, Mike on the vocals and Tim on the acoustic guitar absolutely shine on this one.

Before this song even started, a voice in the background can be heard saying "its blues, baby" and I was already liking "Five Day Rain".  Then John starts the B3 purring, Mike starts singing, the harp starts blowing, the rhythm starts escalating, Tim starts wailing, Mark 'slides' in on the other guitar and ya know what?  Oh yeah, It's Blues Baby!

Other tracks on this killer disc include: "All Night Blues", "Sugar Coated Love", "I Want You" and "Sharecropper Blues"

If you're not already there, you now need to go to www.LakehouseRecords.com  and get your hands on a copy of "Wild Dogs".  And while you’re caught up in the excitement, please don't forget to tell them the Blewzzman sent you.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @ www.Mary4Music.com

2011 Keeping the Blues Alive Recipient 

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