Friday, March 1, 2013

Diamonds and Stones reviewed by Diane Mandell

Diamonds and Stones
Jake Lear
2012 self produced
10 tracks

Jake Lear wrote all tracks except John Lee Hooker's "Jack o' Diamonds" and Junior Wells' "Work, Work, Work".  This is the second full-length release for this Vermont native driving his blues sounds in Memphis clubs.  Complementing Jake's guitar and vocals is Roy Cunningham on drums and Carlos Arias on bass.  Jake's lyrics are reminiscent of Dylan-esque story-telling while the guitar in tracks like "Strange Things" and "Down by the River" will remind you of Stevie Ray Vaughn.  Keeping your feet from dancing to Boogie Times" may not be possible.  Two thumbs up for this disc.

Reviewed by Diane Mandell

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