Carson Downey

All the Way

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Famous in much of Atlantic and Eastern Canada for an explosive live performance, the Carson Downey Band conjures up images of great blues musicians past and present. All the Way is a good example of Downey's well-honed abilities and talents, often a cross between Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughn. There is a good cross section of blues material, from the horn sections on the blues-funk of "A Little Understanding" to the pulsating "Are You in or Are You Out." Vocals aren't as strong or powerful as they could be in some instances, particularly on "I'm Sorry," a lengthy downbeat song which should be much stronger than it is. The absence of filler songs is a bonus, with the band as tight as possible despite heading down a very winding path. "Livin' It Up" exemplifies the album's party vibe.

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