Doctor Hector & the Groove Injectors

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A genre recording of Southern blues-rock, Dr. Hector and the Groove Injectors are fronted by guitarist and songwriter Dru Lombar, a fixture on the roots scene for over two decades, including work in the Connecticut band Grinderswitch. The quartet stomps through ten tracks here, each an exercise in some aspect of the lowdown. For the genre, it's not bad, but rarely broaches any original territory. Lombar is a decent guitarist who plays with conviction but never leaves the idiom, either to play outside the box or to bring anything back to it. The rest of the band are admirably tight and listen and react well (especially during the slowly simmering "Safe in Your Arms"), but are hardly sensitive enough to make the music interesting in a recorded setting. The band's arrangements play on traditional roots rock forms, spiced with a little bit of cloying slapping by bassist John Davies. Like Allman Brothers Band albums, the disc ends with a cover, in this case Elmore James' "Picking the Blues."

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