Tuesday, December 19, 2017

McKee Brothers 2nd album release "Moon Over Montgomery"...high energy and soulful

Moon Over Montgomery,” the second release by The McKee Brothers, once again features inspired performances by a talented roster of players from Los Angeles and Michigan, including soulful vocalists Bob Schultz (original keyboardist with Bob Seger), Jeff Robinson, Reggie Gonzales, Maxayn Lewis, Laith Al-Saadi (vocal and guitar – 2016 finalist on “The Voice”), Larry McCray (vocal and guitar), guitarist Ari Teitel, keyboardists Bobby West and Jim Alfredson (formerly with Janiva Magness and in Organissimo), horn players Lee Thornburg (formerly of Tower of Power, now touring with Joe Bonamassa) and Doug Webb (Posi-Tone Records recording artist), bassists Bobby Watson (Rufus), Al Threats, and J.V. Collier (Bruce Hornsby) - as well as the brothers themselves: Denis McKee on guitar, keyboards, bass, and vocals, and Ralph McKee on bass, lap steel guitar, and vocals.

The music is high-energy and soulful, in several styles, from gospel (the inspirational title track paying tribute to the 1965 civil rights march), gritty funk ("Go 2 Work!," "Bayou Man," "I Feel Like Dynamite," "Blues of the Month Club"), soul ("Where You Gettin’ It?," "Runaway Love," and the Latin-flavored "Late at Night"), jazz-blues ("Kicks"), to the funky country of "Confidential" and the rock of "Remember When." Check out Laith Al-Saadi’s vocal and Larry McCray’s guitar on "Worried About Tomorrow," the incendiary blues vocal by Jeff Robinson on "You Know How I Lie," with smokin’ guitar by Al-Saadi, the rhythm section’s irresistible New Orleans grooves on "Flat, Black, & Circular" and "Pigfeet," the great Lee Thornburg horn arrangement on the gospel ballad "Celebrate Me Home," and some impressive guitar work throughout by Denis McKee.

Marty's review: with a cast of thousands (well, a couple of dozen) and a generous 16 tracks, this 2nd release from the McKee Brothers has the works. From brassy soul-blues to roots based licks and gospel ballads, this well produced album has enough fuel and ammunition to get you to the moon and back. All you would except from a class act and more. If there is a blues equivalent to the wall of sound, then this might be it.