Album Review of
Hell On Wheels

Label: ZOHO Roots

Genres: Blues

Styles: Blues Rock

Written by Joe Ross
September 7, 2016 - 12:00am EDT
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Guitarist Jay Willie channels some fine jump blues and R&B on his band’s fourth ZOHO album release during their decade together. The dynamic band has the skill to masterfully handle many types of blues, as well as forays into funk and classic rock. Jason Ricci is featured prominently on driving harmonica, and Malorie Leogrande’s lead vocals are served up with soulful intensity. Ted Yakush’s saxophone is captivating on a song like “You’ll Lose a Good Thing.” Besides the covers from the 1950s and 60s, the band’s four originals include “Hell on Wheels” and “21” by Jay Willie, “Everybody” by guitarist Bob Callahan, and “Alive Again” by drummer Bobby T. Torello. This album has a steady pulse, and the songs are presented with conviction and talent. More than just a set of music, there’s a party going on! (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)