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Will appeal to established fans of electric Blues Rock.

British Blues quartet Steve Summers Band are poised to release 'Rainmakin'', the follow-up to their 2012 debut, 'Lookin' Back, Movin' On'. In the same way both titles are consistent in eschewing the letter "g" Steve and Co. remain as consistent and do not stray from the music style whose origins date back to the end of the 19th century.

Like many other Blues artists, SSB pay homage to their heroes with five cover tunes by notables Stevie Ray Vaughn ('Pride And Joy'), Albert Collins ('Black Cat Bone') and Robin Trower ('I Can't Wait Much Longer'). Covering a standard like '...Joy' is an obvious choice, but doing the song and Vaughn's legacy justice is a rather tall order. However valiant in attempt, SSB does nothing to enhance or build on this modern Blues repertoire standard. Their performance is too close to the original which makes it difficult to rate it on its own accord. Summers' voice lacks the power and organic delivery like the original and the swing of the rhythm section sounds stiff and mechanical.

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However, SSB redeems themselves with a cover of Steely Dan's 'Pretzel Logic' Although, still not stimulated by the vocal performance, the band executes a great 12/8 shuffle and Summers' guitar work is some of the best on the record. Collins' 'Black Cat Bone' is another well executed cover showcasing the band's talents. For the most part, the originals penned by Summers do not venture outside of the 12-bar Blues format. The exception can be made for 'Tears Roll Down' which is a riff-centered Rocker soaked in wah-wah and features brother Rich Summers spicing things up on slide. On 'Comfort Me Baby' Vic Martin's simple chordal accompaniment and delicate Leslie solo along with Summers' wickedly-inspired performance ranks as the best on the album.

With today's version of Blues popularized by Eric Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, Steve Summers Band remains on the outside looking in. 'Rainmakin'' will appeal to established fans of electric Blues Rock, yet will not resonate as well with younger audiences that have only been exposed to the hybrid interpretation that blends the soul of Blues with more Pop-oriented song forms.

Brent Rusche

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