Steve Romig and Mike Kelly in “The Friday Sessions”

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Review by Regi Su

“The Friday Sessions”

Steve Romig and Mike Kelly have produced The Friday Sessions, an album of great variation and authentic vocals.

romigkelly“Lonely Blues” is a sweet, seductive, slow blues kind of tune, that really exhibits control and dynamicism on the part of the songwriter. The vocals are spot-on, smooth as butterscotch vodka and just a real treat to listen to, a melancholy slide.

Then, switch to tracks like “Everybody’s Got Their Way” and experience the laid back feel of a summery vibe, a vibe that is perhaps channelling a bit of Jamaica. It’s a chaotic melody of vocals and instruments that creates a feel-good happy tune. It’s a balanced composition of backing vocals, piano, percussion, slide guitar and with the right amount of scatting to warm your soul.

In comparison, the opening tune of the album, “Waydown Homeless Blues” is the scene of an American countryside, somewhere in Mississippi, with cotton fields in sepia. Slide guitar, gospel backing-singers and lead vocals are just something straight out of the Coen Brother’s film O, Brother Where Art Thou?

This music is feel-good, it’s real, earthy and it’s just a solid, professional album to listen to.