Two Trios is exactly what the title implies -- it is two trios of musicians performing songs within the blues genre with the use of different instruments in each trio. The first trio consists of father/son guitarists and vocalists, Billy Lee Janey and Bryce Janey, respectively, and Bob Dorr sits in on snare drum, cymbals, and harmonica. They lay down some solid guitar-rooted blues in the first six tracks from the album. The second trio has Patrick James Hazell doing all keyboards and harmonica, all played simultaneously with no overdubs. Molly Nova plays her five-string electric violin with a raw energy that evokes a powerful emotional awe for the intensity she provides to the overall sound of the trio. Bob Dorr completes the full sound with precise percussion accents that form the backbone of the compositions. Their groove incorporates the blues, country, Cajun, and bluegrass genres, employing keys, violin, harmonica, and drums to create a unique blend of compositions. The first track of the album, "I.O.U.," has a massive of amount of Texas blues enveloped into the solid groove. The lead guitar work is raw with an excellent group of interesting and charismatic phrases. The harmonica in the background maintains a steady base in the melody line and adds depth. The vocals are similar to the lead vocalist from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson, with a raw intensity that fits the style very well. The last song on the album, "Look Up (Before You're Lost in the Blues)," is an interesting piece with a unique groove that falls somewhere between rock and blues-rock. The originality in the composition of the piece makes it extremely difficult to compare, but that is an intricate key to making great music that people will notice. It is no wonder why Patrick Hazell is called "The Godfather of Iowa Blues." Two Trios is like buying two albums for the price of one. The two trios are as alike as day and night, one common link is Bob Dorr, but even he takes on a very different facade from one trio to the next. The other common link between the two trios, and possibly the most important thing to a potential listener, is that both trios are made up of very talented musicians who craft some of the finest tunes available to date.
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