Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones AND Dennis Gruenling "Rockin' All Day"
Let me pick up "Rockin' All Day." On this cd Dennis Gruenling plays all the songs with Doug Deming on guitar and vocals, and half of the songs they are backed by The Jewel Tones. The other half of the songs Gruenling plays with members of his sometimes road band, Scot Hornick on bass and Tom Papadatos on drums. Dave Gross is in the producer's chair, and he plays piano on one track. Dennis even sings on one song. He has been playing harmonica since he released his debut cd in 1999, and let me tell you, he has plenty of chops to spare. Here he wrote 4 of the 12 songs, and Doug Deming wrote one. Things start off on a high level, a harmonica showcase of "Jimmy McCrackin's "Rockin' All Day (Reelin' & Rockin')" There's no letdown after that either. The next song is Jimmy Harris's "Roll Your Moneymaker," and when they had these two in the can, they knew for sure this was going to be a strong release. On the third song, Gruenling's original "The Rev," one of three instrumentals here, Dennis rips the roof off with a chromatic harp workout...and Deming brings a seriously great guitar break in the middle. Then we get two hot swinging covers, "Saturday Night Fish Fry" followed by "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer." Those songs might be over 50 years old, but the band is so hot the songs simply don't feel old. Everything here and for the rest of the disc just swings with loads of energy and style. Seeing these guys live would be a treat!
Let me finish with a couple of quotes:
"Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones deliver the sound and styles of Blues and Swing fresh way past the expiration date." Bob Margolin
"Dennis Gruenling is a leading light among a new generation of blues harp players...a true innovator..." Blues Revue
Don't buy just one--buy them both. These cds can be bought at http://www.vizztone.com