Album Review of
Friends & Family

Written by Robert Silverstein
February 7, 2020 - 12:00am EST
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A must for 21st century blues rock fans is the 2019 CD release of Friends & Family by Kentucky based Jim Diamond Revue. The sound of the 13 track album carries on the traditions of electric blues rock bands like vintage Allman Brothers and Marshall Tucker to UK blues rocker Gary Moore and the vocals are reminiscent of Steve Winwood. An excellent guitarist and singer-songwriter, Jim wrote the tunes and his band sounds incredible. Over a dozen musicians back up Jim. For guitar fans, Jim's cousins on guitar are Nick Mowery and Joe Litteral while Hank Mowery sings and plays harp. Chris Herndon (band member) sings as well and Jim and Chris split the vocals. Speaking about sharing the vocal spotlight, Jim modestly explains, "Chris Herndon is the golden throat. He is the one that sounds like Stevie Winwood! I'm just a hack blues singer... He deserves the accolades for singing." The album also features several bluesy instrumentals while the horn section brings in a hefty dose of jazzy blues. A dynamic front person, Jim cuts a veritable rug as he and his band work their way through a 13 track, 78 minute set of foot tapping, hand clapping, finger snapping originals. Music fans may want to pick up the Friends & Family CD with its cool, ZZ Top inspired cover art with informative liner notes by Jim Diamond.