Bluesmill

Gonna Take a Long Time

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This is an interesting disc that brings back some memories of the Allman Brothers Band in the early days, when they were arguably at their best. This is not very surprising, since Duane and Gregg grew up in the same town (Daytona, FL) as Ray Highsmith. Highsmith learned his music, like the Allmans did, from Floyd Miles, an old-time bluesman. Highsmith toured with Floyd for a good stretch of time as his guitarist; thus, you hear Floyd's strong influence in Highsmith's singing and guitar playing. The other half of Bluesmill is Bobby Rance, a songwriter and guitar player who spent a great deal of time in the Austin, TX area. He wrote or co-wrote six of the 12 songs on this disc, and contributes some mighty tasty and melodic slide guitar. This disc was recorded with the New Moon Rhythm Section, Ed Butler on drums, and Ben Palmer on bass, doing their usual stellar job. There is nothing earthshakingly new on this disc, but it is one of the finest examples of classic Southern rock that has been released in a very long time. There is a strong foundation in the blues, with the textures and mosaics of rock. Give a listen to "In the Middle of the Night" to get a good idea of what this group is about. The vocals here sound very like Gregg, and the guitar playing blends Highsmith's and Rance's styles beautifully. This is a guitar-based group, and they mix them well and use them to very good advantage. They use all their assets and blend them into one very listenable disc. There is an excellent mix of tempos and songs so the disc never gets boring or repetitive. It is a great one for those long miles on the road.

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