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SONG OF THE DAY- JEFF TUOHY- THE DEVIL'S IN NEW ORLEANS

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Billboard Award-winning songwriter Jeff Tuohy has released his latest single "The Devil's In New Orleans", ahead of the musician's album Hudson Delta, set for release on August 25th,2021 The album was recorded and mixed in Brooklyn, following a tough year that saw the collapse of his 2019 debut, which gained much-needed radio airplay. The New York-based rock musician has been hailed as "one of the best up-and-coming songwriters in North America". "The Devil's In New Orleans" was once dubbed unsuitable for radio. Tuohy looks into the turmoil of modern society. The track sees soulful vocals spread over soft jazz piano keys. Jeff Tuohy sounds like the cunning wordsmith. as he talks over multi-layered horns and keys accompaniment. The track has dark undertones to a sneering vocalist that bursts into melody on the chorus. Overall, this is a track that will leave you pleasantly surprised, whilst looking over your shoulder. Words by Anselm Anderson SO

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: FLORAL PARK-MEET IN THE MIDDLE

 

Canadian Southern Rock outfit Floral Park have just released their sophomore effort Meet In The Middle this past Friday. The six-track EP is a follow up to last year's Look At The Moon. The band wrote, produced and recorded this out of 75 readily available songs recorded during last year's lockdown.

They formed in 2019 in Newmarket, Ontario and soon caught the eyes of Maple Sports and Entertainment, following the release of their debut. They spent the pandemic creating music for up to four releases this year. Meet In The Middle is the first of these with its blend of blues, hard rock and roots to create a return to the good ol' day of rock 'n' roll.

The opener "Bless My Soul" is a feel-good roots-rock song with boogie riffs and uplifting vocals that sets the mood for the remainder. "Sticky Sweet" follows with stripped back vocals and acoustics, which leaves this EP feeling appropriate for the summer weather. "Do It Again (40 days and 40 nights)" is a touching ballad in the Lynryd Skynryd mode. Tender vocals pour their heart out over stirring guitar melodies and rhythm section. 


"One More Night" is another mellow track with bluesy guitar breaks and powerful vocals. And finally. A reprise version of "Bless My Soul" completes an enjoyable 20 minutes. Overall, Floral Park writes simple music to appease the emotions. The band's guitar play, vocal performance and rhythmic chemistry help make this feel like a nod to the true roots of American Southern rock.

Words by Anselm Anderson
 
Meet In The Middle is available now to stream via Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and all major platforms.


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"Bless My Soul"


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