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The Lee Boys

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This family-based band (made up of brothers Alvin, Derrick and Keith Lee, also including Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel), Alvin Cordy Jr. (bass), and Earl Walker (drums) know how to get a juke joint up and stompin’ in the “Sacred Steel” vein of things (like Robert Randolph and his family band). A couple of notables guest on the album, including Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Allman Bros. Band) and Matt Slocum (Sixpence). On this studio album they get both soulful and rowdy, but not after starting with a simmering, slow-cooker called “Smile.” Like a lot of gospel music, The Lee Boys will get things going with a tight, snappy rhythm that gets louder and aims for off-the-hook and improv jams. Take the hypnotic spell of tunes like “So Much to Live For” and the title track. If they don’t get you up and moving and then having felt like you’ve been somewhere and expended energy by the time you’re done listening, you might be dead.



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The world came to a halt in 2020, but London-based Drones trudged on, giving a voice to the hurt that circulates with (or without) a pandemic: "You shouldn’t underestimate the power of writing things down or literally speaking them out loud, which I’m learning. I’m glad I made these songs, no matter how personal they are."


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