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'Cornbread'Rose City Kings · Up On ItRose City Kings – Up On It
{6/26/2004 | Rose City Kings}

Up On It is the Rose City Kings 2nd release. These Portland, Oregon bluesmen are: Dan “Kingbee” Berkery on vocals, guitar and banjo (he also wrote all the songs), Roger E. on drums and percussion, Ron Camacho holding down the bass, Jeff “El Nino” Simonson playing keys and Joe “Super” Powers blowin’ the harmonica.

1. Up On It – powerful blues rock with tasty harmonies and hot steamin’ guitar.

2. Best Friend – blues with a southern gospel-esque quality.

3. Breakdown Blues – banjo, soulful vocals and intense harmonica.

4. Double Belly Twist – not a song you’ll easily fall asleep too, man can these cats play. Screamin’ guitar is putting it mildly.

5. Big Trouble – head bobbin’ beat and mojo-riffic vocals. Oh, the bass solo was an added bonus.

6. Dark Cloud – traditi0nal sounding vocals that are kind of distorted, banjo throughout and organ solo.

7. Put A Wiggle In It – piano boogie-woogie and high octane guitar, a great combination. Not only was I wigglin’, I was also squirmin’ and boppin’ my head while dancing in my chair.

8. Tequila Blues – this answers the age old question, what do Oregon fellows know about Texas blues? The answer is apparently a great deal!

9. Baybelline – a tasty shuffle sprinkled with a dab of country.

10. Temptation – a bit milder than the other songs, has an R&B feel with the emphasis on the B, and it feels good.

11. Sweet Nothings – more a rockabilly tune, this one was a gem.

12. One Thing – a piano song with soulful singing, kind of like Ray Charles. OK song, did not share in the intensity and feel as the others.

These guys are good, really good. I would expect a lot more music out of these guys. Their stuff is original, good and they are on fire! This CD is a powerhouse of energetic blues. I really enjoyed it a lot. I hope to see these guys live sometime. Damn, I think the bluesometer might need to be re-calibrated after this, rating 4. 701.

Ciao’ for now, peace.

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