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Randy Lee Riviere “Blues Sky”

Review by John Apice, Americana Highways.

Old world country with a modern edge & textures of Johnny Bond (“Hot Rod Lincoln,” “X-15”). The guitars bite & the groove is steady & well-chiseled. The music is rooted in blues/rock & recorded in Franklin, TN. Riviere (guitars/vocals) is more narrator than singer on “America Redoubt,” & that’s the gist of the drive in this jaunty tune. The second track continues in a vibrato mesh but this time it’s a saucy J.J. Cale swagger in “You’re So Kind.” I like this guy. He sounds like other things but isn’t. He takes some old tricks from the ’60s recording studios & refurbishes it to sound fresh for today’s ears.

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