Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – Lather Rinse Repeat (2012)

Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats - Lather Rinse Repeat (2012)
Artist: Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats
Album: Lather Rinse Repeat
Genre: Modern Electric Blues
Origin: USA
Year Of Release: 2012
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

01. I Hear A Heartbeat 05:56
02. Baby Fat 03:11
03. The Nina, The Pinta, The Santa Maria 03:55
04. The Black Lone Ranger 05:16
05. One Hot Mother 04:01
06. Photograph 04:14
07. Do The Nod 01:55
08. Liquid Diet 02:21
09. Medusa Blues 06:53


I just received the newest release, Lather, Rinse, Repeat from Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats. The line up is Vivone on vocal, guitar and harp; Matt Bustamante on drums, Jeremy Clark on bass; Paula Crawford on vocal and guitar; Imani Glasgow on vocal and percussion and Ben Hoppes on vocal and banjo. The release opens with a seductive I Hear A Heartbeat, a Texas Boogie style track with tempting lyrics and rippin’ cigar box slide. Baby Fat using a tongue in cheek rhythm features Vivone on solo vocal and minimal band backing except a slide melody and drums. The Nina, The Pinta, The Santa Maria is a sped up Chicago blues with 50’s style vocals and classic blues riffs but with a touch of humor and instrumentals. The Black Lone Ranger, loosely based on a Muddy Waters track and with a touch of George Thorogood, keeps the groove and again gives the slide king a chance to show his stuff. One Hot Mother, a prototypical 12 bar blues track allows Vivone the freedom to sing clever lyrics to anotherwise basic track. My favorite track on the release by far, Photograph, has the characteristics of a Tex/Mex blues along the lines of something Ryland Cooder would do. I like the melody and the slide work is controlled and interesting. Do The Nod has hints of Bo Diddley and further modern punk music. It breaks away form a lot of the balance of the recordings in that it is much more loosely recorded. Liquid Diet is a funky scratch track on the simplest basis. Medusa Blues wraps the recording with a more complex track… not in execution but in composition. This song has very simple components but is actually quite interesting with a quiet wailing harp. This is a party blues recording so get out your stuff and have a ball.
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