Vintage#18 – Grit
Format: CD / Label: Eigen Beheer
Releasedatum: 21 april 2017

Tekst: Iain Patience

An eleven track debut release from US, east-coast band, Vintage#18, ‘Grit’ is an album that pulses with quality grooves, songs, talent and stand-out vocals from singer Robbin Kapsalis, a lady who has a powerful probing voice and range steeped in southern blues and soul quality. Originally from Atlanta, Kapsalis is a true revelation here; a lady with a driving force and command of the music.

Bill Holter, a guy who has opened and worked alongside the likes of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and a host of others, adds some delightful fretwork flourishes, at times jazzy, others soulful, low, swampy and Memphis soul-drenched; while ex-military drummer, Alex Kuldell has a technical background and discipline that positively shines throughout, never too overwhelming or over-played. The line-up is completed by some artful, tasteful bass and keys from another former Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley buddy, Mark Chandler.

In truth, this is a rock-solid album, bursting with Memphis soul, Stax and Chess-inspired tradition and history, an album that assuredly demands wide exposure and appreciation. ‘Grit’ is true grit, with more than a faint shimmer and glitter of gold at its heart. Highly recommended release, for sure.

01. Diamonds Are Optional
02. Is This Too Good
03. Love Hangover
04. Million Miles
05. Circles
06. Pieces
07. Just Got Back From Baby’s
08. Poor Me
09. Remember
10. Good Eye
11. Circles Down Home

Website: Vintage#18

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