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Posted on Monday, February 09, 2009 @ 22:21:36 UTC
Artist: Sal Belloise
CD: The South in Me
Home: Clearwater Beach, Florida
Style: Acoustic Rock
Quote: " ... infectious guitar hooks, gruff amiable voice, and songs so likeable youíll want to get in your car and drive around, windows wide open, with his music cranked to eleven, even if you werenít planning on going anywhere."
By Jamie Anderson
I love this guy's infectious guitar hooks, gruff amiable voice, and songs so likeable youíll want to get in your car and drive around, windows wide open, with his music cranked to eleven, even if you werenít planning on going anywhere. His acoustic guitar is always at the center, cranking out juicy riffs that lean toward country, funk and with a lot of old-hippie-in-a-VW kinda vibe. His lyrics are clean and fun, and his band is pretty tight too, with harmonica, drums and bass complimenting the songs.
The disc opens with the title cut, a bluesy tome about being a true Southern guy. Some damn tasty harmonica completes it. "This Old Town" is more bitter, and while the title makes it seem like a nostalgic cut, itís about getting the hell out of Dodge. Thereís an ultra-cool guitar riff that glues everything together in "Shadow of Love." Itís cold in that shadow, and heís sure he doesnít want to stay. On "This Boat," you HAVE to shake your booty. Tight harmonies a la Crosby, Stills and Nash are featured in "Love Can." "All Your Love" is great party music where he sings "Iím the bank of love and Iím giviní loans."
In "Bad Man," he tells us he wants to be the guy in the black hat but instead, he rides the bus every day and sits at a desk. Thereís a great twangy guitar solo in the middle. It all wraps up with "Welcome to My Dot Com," where he invites us to "get your groove on." I certainly have.
Youíll have to pry his CD out of my cold dead hands, so get your own. You can download all the songs for free from his website but hey, put some dough in the bandís "tip jar." Great music like this is worth every buck and more.
Artist Website: http://www.sallive.com
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