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You can tell these guys are just having a lot of fun with this song. If anything Cole & Barrereare probably going to be remembered as one of the underground acts in this time that brought blues and rock back to their core basics. The duo’s songs are well written – in this case re-written – their instrumentation is spot-on, and its music that comes from two dudes who clearly know what they are doing.


The production is one of “Old Folks Boogie Redeux’s” strengths: Inspired flourishes, like the basslines fold effortlessly into the blues aesthetic. The percussion dances along to the deep rhythm and guitar riffs, while the lead vocals always have ample breathing room. But what really impressed me more than anything else, was not what was in the mix, but what was unexpectedly missing from it. I waited three minutes and twenty eight seconds for the explosive lead guitar solo to happen. It never did. Damn, that must have required a vast amount of restraint on the part of the players. I play guitar. I know what kind of a scintillating solo you can you can squeeze out over this inviting rhythmic foundation right here.


Hats off to Roger Cole & Paul Barrere for being able to refrain from any musical masturbation over a rhythm this dirty and enticing. Instead they toy around with track’s overall blues conventions – with its quaint narrative and its vivid imagery – using rhythm, nuance and melody, and a whole pile of sticky, gritty guitar riffs. ~ Rick Jamm, Jamsphere


Read the entire Jamsphere review by Rick Jamm here

 

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